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Over the years, the Well’s excellence has been highlighted by a multitude of media outlets and civic and religious organizations.  Mental Health America of Greater Dallas and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) have honored the Well’s staff with awards of service to the Dallas community. Other acknowledgments have come from Baylor University, Texas Baptists, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Texas National Guard.

In 2008, the Well was a finalist for the Mission Excellence award of the Center for Nonprofit Management.  Our programs have been featured in numerous publications and television programs, including People magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and WFAA Channel 8.

  • Practicing What They Preach: Mentally disabled a big part of Oak Cliff church by Ed Housewright (The Dallas Morning News) Jan. 7, 1999

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  • Life on the Edgeby Kim Horner (Dallas Morning News) Nov. 22, 2003

2003 – Life on the Edge of Homlessnesspeople mazagine

  • Low-income mentally ill find hope at the Well by George Henson (Baptist Standard) Nov. 08, 2004

2004 – Low-income mentally ill people find hope at the Well – Baptist Standard 2004

  • You are Welcome Here by Steve Blow (Baylor Line) April 5, 2008

2008 – BaylorLine – You Are Welcome Here

  • Making sure their cups runneth over, too: Oak Cliff church looks beyond mental illnesses –by Kim Horner (The Dallas Morning News) Jan. 1, 2006

2006 – CupRunnethOver

  • A Ray of Hope for Those Lost in the Fogby Steve Blow (Dallas Morning News) Aug. 19, 2007

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Giving the Mentally Ill a Place to Pray and Belongby Karen Kuehn (People Magazine) Feb 2007


Erasing the Stigma

This year, there has been a great deal of attention paid to the City of Dallas’ lack of services for those with mental illness.  KERA‘s televised symposium on the issue earlier this year, as well as declarations made by the cities’ mayor, have emphasized the need for action to correct the problem.  As a result, the Dallas Morning News chose to make the issue a focus of their editorial page and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, William McKenzie, wrote an article at the beginning of the year, which highlighted the Well’s accomplishments, as well as the need for the city to support non-profits like us.  Click on the link below to read the full article by William McKenzie.

Creating Community Could Help Texas Mentally Disabled – by William McKenzie  a erasing the stigma

McKenzie’s article is one of a number of articles appearing in the Dallas Morning News this year. See below for links to additional articles regarding the cities’ languishing mental health system.  The first link is to an ongoing feature called “Erasing the Stigma”, which advocates that mental health be one of the cities’ priorities in 2013.

  • Medicaid Could Help Texans with Mental Illnesses

  • Dealing with Mental Illness 

  • Behind the Curtain: Mentally ill often poorly treated by biased doctors by Juliann Garey
  • Preventing Further Tragedies: Young men must be focus to treat psychosis – by Anne Michaud

For a list of the entire “Erasing the Stigma” articles, click below. 


Past DMN Stories on Mental Illness: 

  • Rosie’s Story: Texas must take mental illness more seriously (November 12, 2006)
  • Mentally ill care worsens: Jail situation under scrutiny; state hospitals overburdened (July 18, 2005)
  • Cuts threaten the vulnerable: City’s acclaimed mental health system at crisis point (June 2, 2005)
  • Budget cuts taking toll on mentally ill (February 7, 2005)
  • Holes in the safety net: Texas often ignores or evades mental hardship cases, leaving some to languish in dangerous conditions (January 12, 2005)

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