Burke COO, Jake Squiers Named to Special Olympics Texas Board

The Special Olympics Texas board of directors recently named Jake Squiers, chief operating officer of Burke, as a new member. Squiers just finished a two-year term on the nonprofit organization’s President’s Advisory Council and will now serve a two-year term in an at-large position on the board. “Jake has a tremendous eye for detail and was a standout member of the President’s Advisory Council,” said Chad Tywater, SOTX board chairman. “Jake will be a great addition to our board for years to come.” Squiers said he feels “honored and excited.” “I’m very passionate…— Read more

Woman survives thoughts of suicide after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Nacogdoches woman, Sally Ellsworth, recently visited with KTRE about her bipolar diagnosis and past thoughts of suicide. In 2012, Ellsworth was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and differ from the normal ups and downs that everyone experiences from time to time.  Check out her story on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and the rates are continuing to…— Read more

Woodville Woman Survives Depression and Drug Abuse

This spring, Woodville woman, Kelli Fields found help through Burke's medical detoxification program. Fields recently visited with KTRE and shared her story of overcoming depression and her addiction to prescription medications. Check out the story on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. An East Texas woman suffered years of depression and drug abuse that was fueled by the victimization of sex trafficking. “It’s hard to be in such dark deep depression where you feel like you’re in a cage and there’s nothing to reach up to,” survivor, Kelli Fields said. “My biggest…— Read more

Soldier finds solace within MVPN in Lufkin

Two years ago, retired United States Army major, Jeffrey Smith found relief in the Lufkin-based Military Veteran’s Peer Network. Smith retired from the Army in 2006 after 21 years of service. U.S. Army Veteran, Jeffrey Smith, recently visited with KTRE and shared his story of overcoming the isolation and withdrawal of PTSD. Check out the story (and some pictures) on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. United States Army Veteran Jeffrey Smith has led quite an interesting life serving his country for over 20 years. Smith’s father was the one who truly inspired…— Read more
The Right Diagnosis Brings a New Start for Nacogdoches Woman

The Right Diagnosis Brings a New Start for Nacogdoches Woman

Deborah Scroggins describes the last year as a roller coaster ride of emotions. “I feel like I’ve been squeezing the handles so hard that my whole body was numb,” she said. Deborah has lived in Nacogdoches most of her life. She was working as a Certified Nurse Assistant when she began suffering from severe weakness and depression. It was a strange combination of physical and emotional symptoms. She was both sad and anxious and had trouble staying focused. But she also felt bad physically. She felt so weak and stiff it took a…— Read more