Taking Off the Mask of Mental Illness

Taking Off the Mask of Mental Illness

There are many reasons people may wear masks. They may be worn to present ourselves in ways that are socially acceptable or to shield ourselves from inspection. The reasons for wearing a mask are plentiful and the results can be both helpful and harmful. Mental illness can also be a mask; it can mask who we are. As pointed out in the an article found on healthyplace.com, it can be a painful mask to wear and a painful mask to take off. The mask of mental illness can separate the wearer from the outside…— Read more
The System is Broken by CNN

The System is Broken by CNN

The mother who founded the Facebook community "An Addict's Mom" to give a forum of support rather than shame to parents with children battling the disease of addiction, has lost her son prematurely. Barbara Theodosiou's son began receiving mental health care at age twelve. By age thirteen, he was using drugs. "It shocks me. It crushes me. It steals my soul," she said. "There are no breaks, no holidays, there is no solace here. And I spend every second wishing I had one more moment, one more day with my son before drugs." But…— Read more
Peer Specialists Provide Real World, Lived Experience

Peer Specialists Provide Real World, Lived Experience

By SHELLY LADDEN -- for The Lufkin News Editor’s Note: In observance of Mental Health Month, The Lufkin News is featuring local mental health stories and services throughout May. Lufkin woman Angie Tinajero is a certified peer specialist at Burke, a mental health services provider in East Texas. And when she tells her clients “I understand,” she means it. “The first time I met someone that not only knew what I was dealing with but had actually dealt with it herself,” she said, “it was a breakthrough moment. It was my a-ha moment.”…— Read more

Saved from suicide

Jasper teenager Alex L. shared her brave story of depression and recovery with us for the Lufkin Daily News' article about mental illness. As she prepares for college in the fall, she's thankful that someone made a fateful call that saved her life. Read Alex's full story below and in the Lufkin Daily News. And please see Burke's REAL campaign page for more information about mental illness and how you can help someone in need. Local teen suffering from depression thankful someone reached out to help By Shelly Ladden Special to the Daily News…— Read more
How Mental Illness Affects the Friendly Skies

How Mental Illness Affects the Friendly Skies

In light of the recent Lufthansa/Germanwings crash, much attention has been given to the rigors afforded to monitoring pilots' health. This new concern based, at least partially, on this isolated incident, replaces the old concern about the pilot's sobriety. The problem is these are both generalizations and stereotypes. In this article featured on the Healthy Place website, you can read about the screening process pilots undergo to be cleared to provide travel. Per Christina Hali, a pilot and mental health advocate, "Stigma may deter airline pilots from pursuing treatment for depression and the special medical certificate…— Read more