Burrell Behavioral Health’s initial “Time to Chat” walk to raise awareness of mental health issues and to fight the stigma against mental health was thwarted by Mother Nature, but there was still an informative event and big news about Burrell’s future.
The walk originally scheduled for Burrell’s main location around Schaible Lake was moved to an indoor conference at Burrell’s South Creek Campus. Even though the walk section of the event had to be cancelled, many of those who signed up to walk stayed to hear a talk from trauma and substance-use survivor Marti MacGibbon.
MacGibbon, an activist, speaker and stand-up comedian, both entertained the crowd with humorous stories and moving tales of her years growing up dealing with being caught in human trafficking and drug use. She also provided those in attendance with words of encouragement about facing fears.
“Courage is not the absence of fear,” MacGibbon said, “It’s the conscious decision to push through the fear to reach the objective.”
“Everytime you face your fears, it’s a victory,” she later added.
After MacGibbon’s presentation, Burrell Chief of Staff Carmen Parker-Bradshaw announced changes that would be coming to Burrell within the next year.
The administration for Burrell is going to be moving entirely to the South Creek Campus from their current location at the main facility on Bradford Parkway in Springfield. The space that is currently being used by the administration will be converted to treatment rooms and other facilities to expand the care they can provide at the main center.
Parker-Bradshaw said the plan was to have renovations done on the South Creek location within 6 to 12 months to allow the administration move.