A few weeks ago, right before the to-go lunches were ready to be picked up, one of our staff members heard a great deal of commotion outside the big glass Well doors. She ran to see what kind of help was needed. But, instead of cries for help, she discovered gleeful laughter and hugging and chatting. You see, some of our members had not seen each other in months, but on that day happened to show up at the same time. Friendship, fellowship and fun are some of the most important “services” The Well provides.
It looks like the long, lonely COVID-19 journey may soon come to an end. Phew! Though still a few months off, we cannot wait until we can open the doors to the Community Life Center, nor can our members.
Mental Health Awareness
Every May we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Every year we try to help you become even more aware of the issues faced by those living with long-term mental illnesses. I hope you are able to take advantage of the articles on our website geared to equip you to better understand (see below for links).
But the very best way to gain deeper insight into the daily struggles faced by members of The Well Community is to come serve alongside them. As we start thinking about opening up the Community Life Center and Thursday Night Life, we also are considering all the ways volunteers make our programs possible. It’s not too early to begin planning how you will plug in! Take a look on the website to see the wide range of volunteer opportunities.
I am looking forward to the gleeful laughter and hugs and chats we’ll have together when you, too, return to The Well Community!
The Well Community’s blog and social media channels are also excellent sources of information on mental illnesses and tips for supporting those impacted by these conditions. Check out our blog for the latest articles, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a steady stream of resources related to mental health.