Video: Overcoming major depression

Video: Overcoming major depression

We were thrilled to find this remarkable online resource about mental health. On the web at www.mentalhealthchannel.tv is a growing library of real stories about people that are bravely facing and managing their mental illness. Some of the stories are heartbreaking, but they are ALL hopeful. We will share new episodes on myburke.com from time to time, but you can browse all the episodes at the link above. The episode below is about a writer named Julie Hersh who "had it all: a beautiful family, a loving husband, financial freedom – and depression…— Read more
More Pastors Embrace Talk of Mental Ills

More Pastors Embrace Talk of Mental Ills

We shared an article a few weeks ago about some pastors' reluctance to address mental health with their congregants. This article in The New York Times features some pastors that are actively seeking ways to help with the mental health needs of their community. Excerpt below: The pastor’s phone rang in the midnight darkness. A man’s voice rasped: “My wife left me and I’ve got a shotgun in my mouth. Give me one reason why I shouldn’t pull the trigger.” The Rev. Matt Brogli, a Southern Baptist pastor scarcely six months into his first…— Read more

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