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Interconnected: The Trifecta of Mental Illness, Poverty and Physical Challenges

“It’s all very interconnected,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of the Well Community. “Our members have a trifecta. They live with serious mental illness, all live in poverty and many have physical health conditions.” Each ...

A Matter of Justice: Why Mental Health is Everyone’s Issue

Mental health is often viewed as something that impacts individuals. But mental illnesses and the stigma surrounding them don't exist in a vacuum. Numerous societal factors color the experience of those living with mental health ...

When Work Doesn’t Work

Well Community member Nathan* used to work. He liked to work. He wants to work again. But the challenges of living with bipolar disorder make steady work impossible. Coping with mental illness often occupies a ...

When Mental Illness and Poverty Intertwine

As if navigating life with a severe mental illness doesn’t create enough challenges, mental health difficulties often result in an array of additional debilitating hurdles. Because many living with mental illnesses do not have the ...

Mental Illness and Poverty: Magnifying Challenges in Times of Crisis

Health crises like the coronavirus pandemic impact us all. But, those who live with serious mental illnesses face unique challenges in times like this. Not only can uncertainty and fear trigger worsening of symptoms, but ...

Assistance in the Cycle of Poverty

Poverty touches every area of life for members of The Well Community. Program Coordinators Ericka Ruiz and Gemma Cardenas continually see how lack of resources tie the hands of those living with serious mental illnesses, ...