It’s a bit shocking when you think about it. In a 2021 research project* about individuals living in homelessness, 33 percent of all respondents self-identified as having mental health issues.
That means about one out of three homeless people are living each day not only with the challenges of poverty and insecure housing, but also with mental illnesses. What incredible obstacles they face! It can be nearly impossible to know where to turn for help and how to access that help. We want to change that. 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
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time when we focus on knowing the warning signs of suicide and the factors that can put someone at risk. However, the need to look out for these red flags isn’t limited to a single month of the year. And, in this season of ongoing isolation, being proactive about suicide prevention is especially important. Continue reading
Mauricio and Miguel, who recently met at The Well while picking up their lunches and have been supporting one another ever since.
When the pandemic hit, Tony lost his job in hotel maintenance and, for the first time in his life, found himself homeless. But, he heard about The Well through some friends. “I’ve found support here and resources,” he says.
Each week, as many as five new people show up at The Well. They’re wrestling not only with the stress of continued lockdowns and social distancing, but with severe mental illnesses and poverty—challenges that have been magnified in numerous ways in recent months. Some, like Tony, have lost employment or housing, and many are struggling as services they depended upon have been placed on pause. 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.
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Thanks to the selfless efforts of many, members of The Well Community had a terrific Christmas Celebration at our last Thursday Night Life for the year. Our members enjoyed festive decorations, Christmas music, a holiday message and a traditional turkey meal with dessert. Santa arrived to deliver presents and members received a fun photo with him to take home.
We had a full house! Volunteers from Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Kessler Park United Methodist Church and St. Jude Oak Cliff brought and served the delicious meal. Interns from the School of Social Work at UTA and community volunteers helped with the festivities. Backpacks filled with personal care and special items were provided through Body Oak Cliff, the Thompson & Knight law firm and many donors; and $50 Walmart cards were given to members thanks to the successful “Christmas in July” drive sponsored by The Well Auxiliary and additional generous donations. Continue reading
Well Community members know what it’s like to be defined by their illnesses. They’re familiar with feeling unwanted, judged and unworthy of others’ respect because they live with conditions that impact their minds. In short, they know stigma well. Continue reading
Through the efforts of many advocates, thankfully there is a growing awareness of mental illnesses and the struggles of those who live with them. But, on its own, just knowledge of the hurdles faced by individuals living with mental health conditions doesn’t necessarily provide help.
I talked with our members about what others could do to provide support and encouragement. It turns out, there are many ways to assist that aren’t really complicated or take a lot of effort. I’ve made a little list of some simple ways to move beyond mere awareness and into action. Continue reading
A year ago this month a handful of people took on a huge challenge: to find new ways to provide support to The Well Community. The Well Auxiliary has quite a list of accomplishments in the first year of its fledgling organization, and already they have caused us to wonder what we’d do without them. Continue reading
Faith can provide multifaceted benefits for those who live with the daily struggles of mental illness. In the midst of these challenges, cultivating spiritual health can lead to better mental health. Continue reading