Woman Survives Bipolar, Suicidal Thoughts with Burke’s Help

Carolyn doesn’t mince words when explaining what Burke has meant to her. “Without Burke, I’d be dead.” She was tired, bitter and except for the elderly father she cared for, estranged from most of her family. For the better part of 10 years, she says, “my life was in shambles.” Burke Counselor Cindy Carswell agrees, “she was as serious about suicide as anyone I’ve ever known. It seemed that nothing made her happy, but she’s become a poster child for not giving up. She’s become an incredible inspiration to me.” Carolyn’s illness required…— Read more

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