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STEP Toward Recovery: Burke Hosting Outreach Presentation

LeeAnn Dwire, 18, right, has participated in Burke’s STEP program for the past year. She is now working, recently obtained her GED and is preparing for college entrance exams.
By Nicole Bradford, Reporter, see the original story here.
Nacogdoches, TX (Daily Sentinel)
A year ago, LeeAnn Dwire might have seemed like a garden variety troubled teen.
Depressed and anxious, the teen often isolated herself. Worse, she began having hallucinations — hearing voices that were not there.
“I was in a bad place,” said Dwire, now 18 and holding down a job while preparing for the SAT. “My mom got scared for me and started Read More »

The Texas Mental Health Crisis

Texas Association of Counties produced this video to explain how communities across Texas are facing significant challenge providing services to their citizens with mental health needs.

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 »

Nacogdoches special needs teacher overcame extreme shyness, depression

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) – At one time or another, even the most outgoing person has experienced some degree of shyness.
Fewer people are so shy it prevents them from functioning at all.
One Nacogdoches woman overcame her shyness and the depression it created following mental health counseling from Burke.
Violet Porter is tonight’s Survivor.

It’s difficult keeping up with Violet Porter, a certified teacher of elementary children.
“Oh I love it,” Violet said.
Violet barely comes up for breath while on her way to the classroom.
“Usually I work in this portable,” Violet said.
The Stephen F. Austin State University alum is winding up the school year working as a long-term substitute teacher for special needs kids.
“It’s like the best thing,” Violet said.
One would have a difficult time Read More »

Mission Possible Conference Acknowledges the Challenges and Honors the Champions

Mission Possible XXII: Challenges and Champions
Tuesday, March 7 – Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Brought to you by Burke, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Texas AHEC East, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work and DSHS Rusk State Hospital, Mission Possible will be held on March 8, 2017, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. This conference offers contact hours for nurses, counselors, social workers, LMFTs, community health workers, activity professionals and Public School administrators, counselors and teachers. Offered are 3 hours of Ethics for LPCs, LMFTs, and social workers.
There are five separate learning tracks:

Mental Health and Nursing Professionals
Youth and Schools
Health and Wellness
Elderly and Alzheimer’s
Consumers and the general public

Conference pre-registration is:

$60 for professionals seeking continuing education hours,
$50 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 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 »

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 Read More »