Experts talk about local resources available for people suffering with mental health crises

Experts talk about local resources available for people suffering with mental health crises
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The sudden and shocking suicide of Robin Williams has brought his past battles with substance abuse and on-going struggles with depression to the forefront.

As friends, family, and fans grieve the loss of the actor, East Texas News set out to find what local resources are available to East Texans who might be struggling with the same issues.

As news of Williams death spread, we learned from his press representative that the actor had been recently struggling with severe depression but Williams' personal battles makes some wonder how a person like him who was known for his outgoing, funny personality could be suffering from depression.

"Depression is very customized to the person in the situation," said Janae Wojasinski, a licensed professional counselor with Crossover Counseling. "Depression is on a spectrum. It's not simply a one-box type of disorder. You can have it at any level. You can have it for any period of time."

Wojasinski said people can battle depression for a lifetime or for a season, but there are signs that you could be slipping into a depressed state.

"I think the two biggest things to look for in yourself are feelings of hopelessness and helplessness," Wojasinski said.

Wojasinski said if you find yourself or someone you know feeling depressed or suicidal, there is help available in the form of counseling and medication management.

The Burke Center's Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) serves 12 East Texas counties and they provide services to people who have been or are currently in a crisis.

"Our Mobile Crisis Outreach Team is designed to go where people need us verses making people come to a clinic location," said Allison Horsely, MCOT Service Director with the Burke Center

Horsely said that mental health crises come in many different forms, but it's a common misconception that people who think about suicide are crazy.

"People who get desperate often see no other options for themselves other than to end their pain and suffering through death,"

Horsely said.

Horsely said if you fear someone you love is depressed or might commit suicide, you shouldn't leave them alone. You should try to talk with them about their problems and seek professional help.

To learn more about Crossover Counseling services, go here:

To contact The Burke Center's Emergency Health Services Line, call: 1-800-392-8343, or to learn more about the services provided at the Burke Center, go here:


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