Burke counselor uses life experiences to help children with mental illness

By Caleb Beames, Multi-Media Journalist, see the original KTRE story here. LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Everyday at Burke, employees help people who find themselves deep in depression and dealing with anxiety. One of those is Callie Hunt. Hunt not only listens to her patients, she also understands what they are going through. Twelve years ago, Hunt was getting to graduate from Lufkin High School. Hunt was one of the popular students. "I was very active," Hunt said. I was in groups and I was on the dance team," Hunt said. "I grew up…— Read more
Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

On March 8th, at the Mission Possible Conference in Nacogdoches, Buddy Zeagler, retired executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, was presented with the Spirit Award by the SFA School of Social Work. The intent of the award is to identify and honor individuals who may not be social workers, yet they embody the spirit of social work practice.  Zeagler was recognized because of his undying commitment to helping the community. His recent involvement with the School of Social Work and their projects with Impact Lufkin and the San Augustine community service center…— Read more

Working with Legislators to Improve Psychiatric Inpatient Capacity

Most people I know are disappointed with how divided politics have become. But as the 85th Legislature gets underway in Austin, there is a wonderful example of bipartisan cooperation that should make every Texan proud. Over the last several legislative sessions, lawmakers from both parties have come together to support better, more accessible and more affordable mental health care. I experience this every day as CEO of Burke, the largest provider of these services in East Texas. Whether we are able to serve our clients depends in large part on how the legislature…— Read more

Nacogdoches Woman Recovers Physically and Mentally from Car Wreck

Nacogdoches woman, Jodi Richardson, recently visited with KTRE about her physical, mental, and emotional recovery from a bad car wreck in July of 2015.  Since then, she has dealt with overcoming and managing depression, having her leg amputated, adapting to a prosthetic, and committing to hours of mental health and physical therapies. Check out her story on KTRE’s website, or watch the video below. Jodi Richardson is back on the road to recovery, both physically and mentally. The Nacogdoches woman was in a bad car wreck a year and a half ago. Nerve damage…— Read more