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Acclaimed Expert to Discuss Mental Health Strategies for Teens and Young Adults

When: 7-8:30pm, Thursday, October 6
Where: Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport
Event is free to the public. The Bertram Group is proud to co-sponsor this event with Skyland Trail.


Psychiatrist Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH,  chief medical officer at Skyland Trail treatment facility, addresses challenges faced by students transitioning to college. These can include making new friends, developing new interests, becoming solely responsible for their educational pursuits and learning how to manage life on one's own. Added to all these challenges, the years from 18-23 are the prime time for the emergence of mental health challenges. This presentation will address the following:

  • The factors that contribute to development of mental health challenges in college students and transitional-age adults and how to maintain emotional health and resilience
  • Detail unique challenges high-achieving students face
  • An outline of strategies to support adolescents and transitional-age adults who are experiencing emotional health and substance misuse issues
  • A definition of the term stigma, and suggestions to foster a culture of behavioral health within colleges and universities

Dr. Ray Kotwicki is Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, non-profit residential and day treatment facility in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, and research activities within the organization. 

Kotwicki trained as a Department of Energy Fellow, and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory University, where he earned a Masters in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both the Emory University School of Medicine as well as the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. 

Kotwicki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is President-elect of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians' Association. Kotwicki was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast's premiere HIV mental health program for three years.

Throughout his career, Kotwicki has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University's most prestigious Dean's "Golden Apple" Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Mental Health America and Eli Lilly's "Heroes in Fight" Clinical Team Award, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness' Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.