For 20 years, Akintunde worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Dallas, Arlington and Grapevine, helping men and women who struggled with drug addictions receive appropriate treatment. When he retired several years ago, Akintunde quickly realized the copious amount of downtime wasn’t for him. He wanted to be active and productive, and despite a diagnosis of glaucoma that left him with peripheral vision so limited he qualified for medical disability, he decided to go back to school. Akintunde is now a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse at the University of Texas at Arlington. As part of his graduate degree requirements, Akintunde interned at The Well for eight months. Continue reading
Once again, The Well Community is excited to particiapte in nation’s largest online community-wide giving event: North Texas Giving Day! We rely on the generous donations of those in North Texas and beyond, and over the past few years have received a signifcant portion of the funds we need to serve those living with serious mental illnesses on this day. No matter how much you can contribute, you can make a big difference through your gift on Thursday, September 14. Continue reading
Depression is among the most common mental health conditions. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly seven percent of Americans have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. In addition to therapy and medication, many everyday actions can help those who struggle with depression fight back. Continue reading
Mental illness and poverty are often deeply intertwined. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), not only can living with a mental illness increase the risk of living below the poverty line, poverty can increase the likelihood that an individual will began experiencing mental health challenges and intensify the experience of mental illness. Continue reading
When Nicole, a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse at the University of Texas at Arlington, heard about The Well Community’s internship program, she was immediately interested. The Well piqued her interest because of its faith-based approach to mental health, which is unusual among nonprofits that help those who struggle with mental illness. Nicole liked this approach, finding that faith-based solutions are often easily and effectively incorporated into people’s lives. For her graduate degree, she needed to complete two internships, and Nicole chose The Well as one of them. Continue reading
What’s more comforting than a cat curled up with you after a tiresome day? Or an energetic puppy bounding around the house, its little tail wagging and its pink tongue hanging out its mouth? Not much, many pet owners will say. Pets can bring joy and comfort into any home, and this is especially true for men and women who struggle with severe mental illnesses. Continue reading
“I get back so much more than I give,” is a phrase I hear time and time again as I talk with donors and volunteers at The Well Community. I understand what they mean. There is, indeed, a great joy that comes back to us as we contribute to the betterment of others. Continue reading
Mental illnesses impact people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. While treatment can make these conditions more manageable, many minority populations face challenges that make it more difficult for them to get the care they need. When left untreated, mental health issues can become more severe and can make life with them increasingly difficult to navigate. Continue reading
Nearly 20% of Americans are impacted by mental health difficulties each year. And many are sitting in the pews of your church. Did you know that?
While churches typically stand at “high alert” to be attentive to members facing urgent medical crises such as heart attacks, surgeries, cancer and major injuries, few are mindful of or equipped to support those managing a mental illness. Continue reading
Historic homes are being restored and repurposed. New businesses are moving into the area. Restaurants are expanding and the Dallas Trolley is bringing visitors to discover the vibrant Bishop Arts District. These are exciting days for Oak Cliff, and as a lifelong resident, I just smile when I see so much good going on around me.
It’s all happening just blocks from The Well’s Community Life Center and near Jacob’s House. There is a lot of good going on here, too. Continue reading