The Well Community serves alongside those who struggle with mental illness – offering hope & healing through the power of faith, friendship & best-practice interventions. Founded in 2002, the Well Community (“the Well”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. What started as a simple, church outreach to a handful of people has grown into a flourishing, holistic ministry among adults recovering from serious mental illness. the Well’s philosophy of care, relational interventions, and holistic rehabilitation combine to make a significant impact upon those we are called to serve.
Critical Need :
Mental illness is a highly prevalent, life-threatening disease that affects millions of people all around the world. One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans experience mental illness in a given year. One in 17 (about 13.6 million) live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. Approximately 60 percent of adults and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. (National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI).
Over the last 3 years, the number of individuals requiring mental health treatment in Dallas, TX has increased by 65%, while funding for mental health services only increased by 28%, according to the city’s largest mental healthcare provider, Dallas MetroCare. The agency reported serving over 47,000 individuals last year, reflecting the skyrocketing demand for mental health programs in our city
The Well Community is committed to caring for and serving those with profound physical, emotional, and spiritual problems. We do so via a holistic approach and through multiple programs and services. However, our guiding philosophy is to create a place of belonging for individuals who have stigmatized and isolated by society – sometimes even by “people of faith”. The most important thing we can offer to those we serve is friendship. Our chief aim is to foster a community where those suffering from loneliness and despair can feel they belong and are accepted. Those who have found the joys of friendship, community, acceptance and belonging, will never go long without hope.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” – Jesus (from the Gospel of Matthew)