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
Last year on World Mental Health Day, when Michelle Staubach Grimes, daughter of Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and author of two popular children’s books, saw several people speaking out online about the difficulty of dealing with mental illness, she decided to do the same. It was an easy decision, she says, because she had little to lose, and she wanted to help normalize mental illness for the sake of those who are often stigmatized for it. While Michelle has struggled with mental health challenges since childhood—particularly acute anxiety and depression—until then she’d kept her struggles private. Continue reading
Our Starry Night in Hollywood party was a star-studded smash hit! On November 9, supporters of The Well gathered at The Schoolhouse to walk the red carpet, enjoying fantastic music, tasty food, dancing and tons of fun, all to help The Well Community continue to support those in the Dallas area living with mental illnesses. Our special thanks goes to our Co-Chairs, Brooke & Jason Moser and Kate & Don Thacker, to our emcee, Brett Shipp, and to our host committee, sponsors, volunteers and vendors for a fantastic night!
Check out the slideshow below for some of the highlights of Starry Night in Hollywood. Continue reading
For many years The Well Community has hosted a fall concert called Recovery Live! This year we’ve made a change to bring a fresh approach to the annual event. Starry Night in Hollywood will be held Saturday, November 9 at The Schoolhouse, 1606 Chalk Hill Road, Dallas, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. It introduces new party fun while underscoring the very serious need for support for those dealing with mental illnesses. Below, Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director, tells us about this new direction. Continue reading
Members of The Well Community look forward each year to the opportunity to have their fall retreat at Mt. Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill. Even thought the outing is only two days and one night, members find it refreshes their souls and restores hope. This year the theme was “Connecting with God.” Intern Diego Contreras led the devotions based on the book Finding Faith: A Search for What is Real by Brian McLaren. Here’s a brief video overview of our time together, a time made possible by caring donors.
It’s a rite of spring for our members: our overnight retreat to Mt. Lebanon Camp. They look forward to it each year like you and I do when we count down days for vacation or holiday breaks. You and I know what having a “time away” means for our outlook, our attitude, our physical energy. And if we are honest, we can admit that being able to regularly retreat into nature is foundational to our mental health. That’s also true for members of The Well Community—but perhaps even more so. Continue reading
Our first WellSpring Celebration luncheon was a great success! Thank you to all who joined us and helped us exceed our stretch goal of $33,500. We were blessed to listen in on a fantastic conversation between the Dallas Cowboys legend and Hall of Famer Charles Haley and broadcast journalist Scott Murray, and were honored to present Haley with our new Courage and Advocacy Award. We also delighted in presenting art teacher Ann Tabony with our Founder’s Award. Check out the photos below for highlights of this special time in support of The Well Community.
There have been only few times when I’ve been completely blown away by someone’s courage and honesty. But I have to say that as I’ve been reading the biographical stories of NFL star Charles Haley, I have been incredibly inspired. The Dallas Cowboy Hall of Famer not only had the grit to become a five-time Super Bowl champ but even more remarkable, he has learned to manage bipolar disorder and become a spokesman, an advocate, a champion for mental health.
Our annual Christmas Celebration was a great success, thanks to donors and volunteers. Like all activities and programs at The Well Community, the meaningful worship service and festive holiday party happened because the wider community turned out to help.
Special thanks for the meal to volunteers from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Kessler Park United Methodist Church, St. Jude’s Church and The Well Auxiliary. Brent McDougal, pastor of Cliff Temple, and members of their choir lead the worship time, along with members of The Well. Our backpacks filled with personal care items came from donors to Body Oak Cliff, and gift cards came through donations to The Well Auxiliary.
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Our sixth annual Recovery Live! fundraiser was a smashing success. Take a look at the slide show below to see just a quick recap of the fun, which featured music by the Texas Gypsies with Master of Ceremonies, Brett Shipp. Our special thanks to Co-Chairs, Brooke and Jason Moser and to the sponsors, host committee, volunteers and vendors. To check out photo both pix click here.
This great photography is by Mary Katherine McElroy!