A Well World: Bursting My White Bubble

I grew up in Dallas in the ‘50s and ‘60s, more specifically in Oak Cliff, a place that most in northern parts of the city thought was a substandard, in fact, a scary place. I was born at Methodist Hospital and my family of five eventually moved to Wynnewood North, a tucked away all-white neighborhood. It was an idyllic time by traditional standards: Mom stayed home and dad worked. Kids ran throughout the neighborhood, waded through the creeks and even walked up to Wynnewood shopping center, alone. Continue reading

An Alignment of Values

Ged Dipprey (left) with Linda Ward and Sam Vachon from Good Deed Real Estate Group

Ged Dipprey is an affable neighbor with a mind for real estate and a heart for members of The Well Community, who live with life-altering mental illnesses. Ged’s family, including his wife, Lori, and two children, have been supporters of The Well for several years. His business, the Good Deed Real Estate Group, which includes Oak Cliff residents Sam Vachon and Linda Ward, also partners financially with The Well. Continue reading

Spotlight on a Community Supporter: Pam Spell of Norma’s Cafe

Pam Spell (center) with Norma’s Cafe staff

If you’re in the mood for some old-fashioned home cooking, for fluffy biscuits that melt in your mouth, for berry cobbler served straight from the oven, for chicken-fried steak or pancakes or waffles, look no farther than Norma’s Cafe, Oak Cliff’s very own comfort food destination. Norma’s is a staple for those who live in the neighborhood and the broader Dallas metroplex (there are several Norma’s Cafes in the area), but it’s also an essential part of The Well Community. For almost a decade, Norma’s has occasionally provided meals to The Well Community. Continue reading

A Firsthand Understanding: Lessons About Mental Health During COVID-19

May is Mental Health Awareness month. We want to help you become more informed, not only about severe mental illnesses faced by our members, but also about how the stresses of COVID-19 can impact your mental health and what you can do about it.

While the mental health ramifications of COVID-19 make this pandemic a crisis in and of themselves, there is a benefit hidden within this monumental challenge: Our society as a whole is becoming more aware of mental health on a personal level and more open to talking about it. As a growing number of people wrestle with their mental health—some for the first time—our culture is gaining understanding of what those living with mental illnesses face day after day, year after year. Below are key lessons that will help shape the future of the conversation around mental health for the better. Continue reading

A Well World: Look for the Helpers

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers

You have probably seen this quote often in the last month or so. I have seen it too, but not just on social media. I have seen it alive, up close and in person at The Well Community. Continue reading

Extraordinary Times

Much of what we are facing in this season of isolation, fear of scarcity and compromised health are daily struggles for members of The Well Community. As those whose lives are marked by severe and chronic mental illnesses, they have even greater challenges in avoiding and combating COVID-19. Continue reading

When Mental Illness and Poverty Intertwine

As if navigating life with a severe mental illness doesn’t create enough challenges, mental health difficulties often result in an array of additional debilitating hurdles. Because many living with mental illnesses do not have the ability to hold a job, poverty is often a constant companion. With poverty comes homelessness, poor health and insufficient nutrition, not to mention the less visible struggles with stigma and shame.

Members of The Well Community deal every day with serious mental health disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and major depression. And they live each hour with the despair of poverty. Continue reading

And You Can Help!

We are all scrambling to serve each other during the COVID-19 health crisis. At The Well Community we have had to suspend our Community Life Center group gatherings and our Thursday Night Life worship service. But we have not stopped serving our members who already have insurmountable challenges as they manage daily life through the lens of mental illness. One of the greatest needs they have at this time is to be as healthy as possible. To that end, we are providing nutritious lunches four days a week (carryout and delivery) and offering hygiene items with every meal. And you can help! Continue reading