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

Debunking Six Myths About PTSD

PTSD myth 3Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) impacts 3.5 percent of Americans according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. While the symptoms of this mental health issue, such as hypervigilance, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares and trouble concentrating, are relatively well-known, many myths about PTSD are also prevalent. These misconceptions contribute to stigma, and can prevent those who are suffering from seeking help. Continue reading

A Well World: Why We Use “Community”

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REFLECTIONS FROM ALICE ZACCARELLO, Executive Director

As you know, the name of our organization is The Well Community. We don’t call it The Well Club House or The Well Agency or The Well Ministry, though those names could be appropriate. The name is The Well Community.

The main reason for the word “Community” is that community, family, belonging, is the best therapeutic resource we provide. Being a part of the lives of others, and having caring friends who listen, pray and encourage is a foundational aspect of mental health recovery. People at The Well are members of a supportive and inclusive community.

However, there is a second reason we use the word “Community.” Continue reading

Busting 10 Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Myth 4Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that impacts approximately 5.7 million Americans every year. It causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood and energy. These highs and lows, known as mania and depression, impact the ability to think and function.

Misconceptions about bipolar disorder abound, and many aren’t harmless misunderstandings. Below are 10 common myths that hurt those dealing with bipolar disorder—and the facts. Continue reading

Mental Disabiliy is Not a Fad – Editorial from the Miami Herald

Leonard Pitts: Mental disability is not a fad

By LEONARD PITTS JR.

Published: 04 February 2015 10:16 AM

He had his first major breakdown when he was 26.  A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn. He spoke openly of suicide. It got so bad that a couple took him into their home to ensure he did not hurt himself.

His second breakdown was a few years later. He could not get out of bed. He lost weight and became emaciated. Again, he talked about killing himself. One friend was alarmed enough to confiscate all his razors.

“I am now the most miserable man living,” the depressed man wrote. “If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth.”

Luckily for him, Abraham Lincoln did not write those words to Tom Sullivan. Sullivan, a Fox “News” Radio host, hasn’t much patience for claims of mental disability. At least, not to judge from his dismissal last week of a caller who told him she has bipolar disorder. Continue reading

Check out the Well’s Annual Christmas Party Slideshow/Photo Montage

If you missed it, the Well’s Annual Community Christmas Party (December 18th, 2014) was a lot of fun. We had a record crowd with over 200 people in attendance. Many thanks go out to our partner congregations, Trinity Church of Cedar Hill, Cliff Temple Baptist Church and Kessler Park United Methodist Church. For how each congregation contributed see below. The “Party” slideshow or photo montage was made possible by photographs taken by Well volunteer and supporter, Chuck Bealke (member of KPUMC). Thanks Chuck!

Processed with Moldivthe Well was able to give 100 community members fifty dollar Target gift cards due to the leadership of Pastor Becky Hennessy and contributions from Trinity Church’s women’s ministry.  Great job ladies!!!  Cliff Temple Baptist Church and Kessler Park United Methodist Church provided the meal and dessert, along with special music and additional gift bags for members.  This night means so much to the “Community Members” of the Well.  If it were not for the Well Community, many of our members would not have had anywhere to go or anyone to be with for Christmas.  And for many, the Target Gift card was the only present they received this holiday season.  To all who helped make the evening a success, MANY THANKS from your friends at the Well Community.  Here’s hoping you have a blessed New Year!

THE WELL’S ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PARTY SLIDESHOW – Check it out!