Mental Illness Remains Taboo Topic for Pastors

An important article about another big challenge in treating mental illness. According to a recent Burke survey, 57% of respondents think their church would be a good place to learn about mental illness. This story suggests that some pastors are not ready to meet that need. Excerpt below: NASHVILLE (BP) -- One in four Americans has suffered from some kind of mental illness. Many look to their church for spiritual guidance in times of distress. But a new LifeWay study shows they are unlikely to find much help on Sunday mornings. Most Protestant…— Read more

Column – “Why I Don’t Kill Myself”

We read a powerful column in the New York Times we wanted to share. It's written by an author named Kim Addonizio who struggles with depression and addiction, and it provides very good insight into what so many people face every day. Here's an excerpt: I have a close friend who for many years seriously wanted, and sometimes still wants, to kill herself. She calls me when she feels this way, and I try to talk her down, to tell her the simple truth that things will change; she won’t always want to…— Read more
Burke Receives ATA President’s Award

Burke Receives ATA President’s Award

Burke’s Mental Health Emergency Center (MHEC) recently received the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President’s Award for Innovation in Remote Health Care. “Recognizing excellence in the field of telemedicine is an important component of ATA’s mandate to identify and honor leaders in healthcare,” said Edward M. Brown MD, President of ATA. The award recognizes organizations on the forefront of healthcare technology for their significant contributions to the development of telemedicine. The President’s Award was formally accepted at the ATA 2014 Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Baltimore, Maryland. Receiving the award for Burke was…— Read more
Ribbon Cutting Held for new Jasper Mental Health Clinic

Ribbon Cutting Held for new Jasper Mental Health Clinic

Mental health services are now more accessible than ever thanks to Burke’s brand new 4,800 square foot facility in Jasper. On April 23, Burke officials along with Jasper County Judge Mark Allen, Newton County Judge Truman Dougharty, Texas State Representative James White and others were in attendance for the facility’s official ribbon cutting. Burke CEO Susan Rushing said that the new facility, located directly across from Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital, “is closer to the medical community, which means easier access to mental health services for the Jasper area”. Also in attendance was Burke…— Read more

How should we talk about mental health?

One of the greatest challenges we face in diagnosing and treating mental illness is the stigma that still surrounds it. Too many people think mental illness is a sign of weakness. In too many families, mental illness is the dark secret that no one wants to talk about. We aren’t ashamed to discuss other illnesses:  cancer, heart disease, diabetes.  But mental health still seems like a taboo topic.  We need to change that.  This piece by Thu-Huong Ha is a great discussion of this issue. Says journalist Andrew Solomon: “People still think that…— Read more