Although the holiday season is usually thought of as a time of celebration, for many who live with mental illnesses, it can bring numerous challenges. But proactive measures like the following can make managing mental health difficulties during the holidays less of a hurdle. Continue reading
The Thanksgiving dinner leftovers are all gone by now, but I am still chewing on a number of thoughts from our celebration at The Well Community. Continue reading
As we count the blessings surrounding us, we gratefully think of those who support The Well Community. May your holiday celebrations bring much joy and the new year bring hope and healing to all. – The Well Community Members
Artwork by Tjay, a member of The Well Community
Families play a crucial role in providing care and support for many living with serious mental illnesses. But, some who struggle with mental health challenges don’t have families that can come alongside them. The Well Community provides a family for those who don’t have one, offering an environment where they can find assistance and connection.
Carol, a supporter of The Well Community, shares her own family’s story of caring for loved ones dealing with mental health difficulties, and why her family supports the Well family.
Those who serve as caregivers for family members dealing with mental illness often go above and beyond. A study published by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) found that on average, they give more of themselves and their resources than caregivers as a whole nationwide. We celebrate all that these family caregivers sacrifice to help their loved ones pursue recovery. Continue reading
Dave Larlee, Associate Pastor of All Saints Dallas, often picks up on three themes when he volunteers at The Well Community: the goodness of God, hope and grace. Larlee has periodically preached the sermon at Thursday Night Life, The Well’s weekly worship service for members, and has seen these themes as common threads in members’ faith. Continue reading
Recovery Live is coming! Join us for our fifth annual benefit concert on Thursday, November 30, at The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. It’s an evening full of great music and a fun way to support The Well Community, the only faith-based nonprofit in the Dallas Metroplex exclusively serving those who suffer from mental illnesses. 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
I’m writing this in a lovely rural setting at Mt. Lebanon Camp just south of Dallas, where members of The Well Community are enjoying their semiannual spiritual retreat. At this moment, some are participating in one of our craft-making activities. A few others are lounging in the sun; some are reading books. I hear a few chatting with friends on the porch. Continue reading
For 20 years, Akintunde worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Dallas, Arlington and Grapevine, helping men and women who struggled with drug addictions receive appropriate treatment. When he retired several years ago, Akintunde quickly realized the copious amount of downtime wasn’t for him. He wanted to be active and productive, and despite a diagnosis of glaucoma that left him with peripheral vision so limited he qualified for medical disability, he decided to go back to school. Akintunde is now a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse at the University of Texas at Arlington. As part of his graduate degree requirements, Akintunde interned at The Well for eight months. Continue reading