Mission Possible Conference Focuses on Health Outcomes

The 21st Annual Mission Possible conference will begin Tuesday, March 8th with a preconference event and will conclude with a full day conference on Wednesday, March 9th. The conference is being held on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in the Baker Pattillo Student Center in Nacogdoches. There will be a free preconference event held on Tuesday evening, March 8 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Movie Theatre at the Student Center, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. This event offers two hours of continuing education in counseling or social work. Julie Kutac,…— Read more

Burke Employee Shares Her Story of Overcoming Depression and Helps Others Do the Same

Burke mental health specialist Meghan Spivey sat down with KTRE recently to share her incredible and courageous story. Check out the story (and some pictures) on KTRE's website, or watch the video below.     By Caroline Manning (KTRE- LUFKIN, TX) Depression is an illness that can affect anyone, even the happiest of people. "Growing up, I was pretty much everybody's friend,” said Meghan Spivey, a mental health specialist at Burke. “I was always so, so happy, everyone always asked me if I had ever had a bad day in my life.” Spivey…— Read more

Nacogdoches Cancer Survivor Doesn’t Let Blindness, Epilepsy Deter His Dreams

On February 26, KTRE TV Channel-9 featured Kevin Wilson in its weekly Survivor Series. Kevin is a true survivor; he tackled cancer at the young ages of 7 and 8 and continues to excel past any physical limits. He is legally blind and has had brain tumors, spinal tumors, scoliosis, hydrocephalus, and epilepsy among others. Kevin has succeeded in bringing some great ideas to life with his online blog, Kickstarter campaign, and cooking ministry where he provides home cooked meals for families who are dealing with illnesses or other life events. Read or watch Kevin's story below…— Read more
Social Media and Mental Health

Social Media and Mental Health

Does social media cause depression? Can it make an episode of depression harder to overcome?  A recent Medium article addresses this concern. The writer, Kati Krause reports deleting her Facebook app as “a panicked intervention by reason to prevent my out-of-control animal instinct from doing further harm to myself.” Alternatively, could social media help you detect depression? If your feelings toward “friends" on Facebook are negative, your actual connections to Twitter followers are distant, or seeing the happiness and success of others decrease your feelings about yourself; this could be a warning sign…— Read more
Advice On Helping A Struggling Teen

Advice On Helping A Struggling Teen

When a child struggles, the entire family is affected. Parents console, encourage and model behaviors, but for some kids struggling with mental health issues, it may not be enough. Knowing when additional intervention is required can be a tough decision. In a CNN article posted yesterday, Dr. Charles Raison, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers this advice: "If your kid is going off the rails, and that means they are acting extremely bizarrely, they are totally different than they were before, they're not functioning, it's an emergency," said Raison. "And…— Read more