A Well World: A Suicide Prevented

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

Life-Giving Community in a Time of Isolation

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

A WELL WORLD: Lessons Learned in Uncertain Times

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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Celebrating Christmas as a Community

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

A Well World: Beyond Awareness

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

Your Church and Mental Health

Your Church and Mental HealthNearly 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