Although the year has brought many new challenges to members of The Well Community, the constant anchor has been the faithful support of our partners. You continue to make a difference in the lives of those who deal daily with mental illnesses.
Because of your support, during COVID-19 members of The Well Community are receiving:
• nutritious meals four days a week to
strengthen their immune systems to fight the virus
• essential hygiene items that help to combat winter illnesses
• regular mental health connections to be sure they are able to remain stable and hopeful
At Thanksgiving and always, we are so very grateful to you.
Alice and The Well Community
October weather in North Texas is notoriously unpredictable. Some days are carryovers from September’s high 90s. Others are cool, clear and crisp. Then come the rainy days—dreary and dark.
Many members of The Well Community experience moods like October weather—ever-changing and unstable. Mood disorders are among the most common types of mental illnesses and we see them often among our members. Typically the right medications, welcoming friendships, healthy food and consistent sleep can help “reset” a person’s mood. Continue reading
It was early on a Sunday morning and I was just debating whether I had the energy to make it to church after a late-night event when a text came through that jolted me fully awake. It was from one of the men at Jacob’s House, The Well’s City of Dallas licensed boarding home. Stuart* was letting me know he had plans to end his own life.
I immediately tried to call him back, but there was no answer. I called an emergency service, but they were not able to reach him either. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, I quickly headed over to Jacob’s House. Thankfully, after a being awake all night, Stuart had fallen asleep. I left a note for him to call me when he woke up. Then I went to church. Continue reading
Most of us are familiar with the saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” We are reminded of it at my church each week, and I regularly think of those who give to The Well Community. I don’t often get to see how our donors are blessed, but I do see how our members benefit from the generosity of so many, and I marvel. Continue reading
For a number of years now, The Well Community has carried the tagline “a place to belong” because our focus has been on offering a gathering space for those who struggle with mental illnesses and are thirsty for acceptance, support and meaningful relationships. With COVID-19 we’ve not been able to gather in a place. But we have been able to maintain the higher goal of offering acceptance, support and meaningful relationships. These happen during our noontime meal pickups and as staff interacts with members throughout the week. Continue reading
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
May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. I’m glad—in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place and anxiety-inducing news coverage—that we are provided the opportunity to stop and think about mental health. Ours and others’. Continue reading
“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
During these uncertain times, when all routines are disrupted and we have more questions than answers, I find it helpful to consider the plight of others to keep from focusing only on my own challenges. In a recent conversation with our Board Chairman, Jeff Lane, we talked about social distancing and social isolation. He had some great insights on how these relate to members of The Well, so I’ve asked him to share them with you.
Alice Continue reading
Just a few short years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that famous figures ranging from musicians to athletes would be openly sharing how they’ve wrestled with mental illness. We’ve made great progress as a society in increasing awareness of mental health conditions and tearing down the stigma that often surrounds them.
Yet, this stigma still overshadows the suffering of the one in five Americans who live with mental illnesses. Continuing to dispel misconceptions and negative attitudes requires keeping the conversation going, and I’m grateful for the many celebrities and everyday folks alike who are leading the charge. Continue reading