Bipolar 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
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 A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn.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
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!
the 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!
This past fall, several members of the Well Community, many of whom were formerly homeless, joined the “Dallas Street Choir”, a group of homeless and formerly homeless lead by Jonathan Palant, music minister of Kessler United Methodist Church. The choir has been practicing at the Stewpot in Downtown Dallas for the past several months and is scheduled to perform the “Street Requiem”, along with the Credo Choir and the Richland College Chamber Singers on Sunday evening January 25th, 2015, at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Downtown Arts District. Support our members and the Dallas Street Choir and purchase a ticket through http://www.ticketdfw.com today! See below for more details via an article from the Dallas Morning News…
If you missed it in the mail, the Well’s Year-End Campaign Letter (Finishing Strong: Making a Difference Together, All Year Long) is available here on our website (be patient, as it is a large PDF file and may take a minute or two to open). Please take a look and learn more about the difference the Well Community and its supporters made together in 2014. The letter includes informative articles on the following…
1. A Life “Well” Lived
Will Cobb Remembered: His life, legacy and the loss experienced by those who knew him best. Learn how Will’s life and death were a testimony to the fact that individuals with severe mental illness can and do lead lives of significance and value. The article details Will’s belief that hope and healing (through the power of faith & community) are possible for everyone who struggles with mental illness.
2. Year-End Gratitude
Reflections from our Executive Director, Alice Zaccarello, on a successful year and her first 10 months on the job, including insights on gratitude, lessons learned from Community Members and a call for your continued support.
3. Compassion in Action
A look back at the Well’s hard work in 2014 and examples of your donations at work – money “well” spent!
Read on… Finishing Strong, Making a Difference Together All Year Long
IMPORTANT TAX NOTICE:
For your donations to be reported as 2013 contributions, they must be either delivered to the office or postmarked on or before Tuesday, December 31.
To ensure the deductibility of your contributions, do not file your 2013 income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the Well Community. Some of your contributions may not be tax-deductible if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgement of your contributions. Contribution statements will be mailed in mid-January.
Christmas is almost here and many of you, in the coming days, will purchase pecans for holiday cooking. Whether you are planning on making a pecan pie or looking for a gift for the cook in your family, why visit the grocery store when you can purchase pecans from the Well and help bless a worthy ministry.
This Fall, Community Members from the Well were invited to collect pecans at Jackie Koch’s property (and their neighbor’s) in Midlothian. We then cracked, shelled and processed the pecans, creating bags of pecan halves & pecan pieces.
Pecans are on sale now. One pound bags of pecan halves are $10 and half pound bags of pecan pieces are $5 (donations are accepted). Pecans can be purchased now through December 29th. Call (214) 393-5878 for specific pick up times and location.
Once again, many thanks to Jackie and Larry Koch for their generous invitation and for allowing us to collect their pecans. The opportunity created productive work for our community members and hopefully a little extra year-end income!
Merry Christmas from your Friends at the Well Community!
Community Members collect pecans at Larry and Jackie Koch’s House back in November.