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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 in a really great home. I had a really great childhood.”
The student that also was working hard at trying to become Miss Texas looked happy outside but on the inside Read More »

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 has opened up doors for community vitalization in East Texas.
Photo Caption: From left are: Dr. Freddie Avant, director and associate dean of the SFA School of Social 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 supports our work. And for the 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 led to a leg amputation eight months ago. For Jodi, the horrific loss of a limb led to the discovery of a promising future.
“You just step in it,” Richardson Read More »

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 about activities for folks with developmental disabilities,” he said. “I’ve been involved 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 climb.
An East Texas woman, who could’ve been a part of that statistic, decided to get help after struggling with depression.
“Dying felt like the only option because I just 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 problem was prescription drugs. I couldn’t take them as they were labeled. My drug choice was narcotics, Klonopin, and fastins (phentermine).”
It was an addiction that ran 12 years of her 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 him as a young child.
“My father was in the Air Force when I was a kid and something ever since I can remember, I always had an infinity towards Read More »

The Right Diagnosis Brings a New Start for Nacogdoches Woman

Tim Monzingo/The Daily SentinelTim Monzingo/The Daily Sentinel
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 lot of time Read More »

Using myStrength for Self-Care

In December, Burke therapist, Stephanie Knott, submitted her story to the myStrength “Stories of Impact” contest.  MyStrength selected Knott’s story as one of the top five finalists in this nationwide challenge.  She was interviewed by myStrength and recently featured on their Editorials and News page on their Provider Connect website. Read below Knott’s experience with myStrength and how she utilizes the tool with her clients. 
A provider shares her story and tips for staying healthy with myStrength
IMG_0169Burke therapist, Stephanie Knott, MA, LPC Intern, LCDC, loves to learn. So when her East Texas employer, Burke, a mental health provider, introduced myStrength last year, she Read More »