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 great deal of his focus and energy and keeps him from being able to concentrate on the job. “My mind won’t stop. Even though I’m treated [with medication], my mind still races a lot, and it’s to the point where it keeps me awake at nighttime.”
As a result, Nathan has struggled to multitask in jobs, and recalls how he often wasn’t able to keep up with production while working at a factory. “I can’t have a whole bunch [of directions] in my head because I get things mixed up. In the work environment, sometimes they would just pile things on top of me. It just becomes overwhelming.” Continue reading
A few weeks ago, right before the to-go lunches were ready to be picked up, one of our staff members heard a great deal of commotion outside the big glass Well doors. She ran to see what kind of help was needed. But, instead of cries for help, she discovered gleeful laughter and hugging and chatting. You see, some of our members had not seen each other in months, but on that day happened to show up at the same time. Friendship, fellowship and fun are some of the most important “services” The Well provides.
It looks like the long, lonely COVID-19 journey may soon come to an end. Phew! Though still a few months off, we cannot wait until we can open the doors to the Community Life Center, nor can our members. Continue reading
The Well Community was honored on May 19, 2021 by the Office of Dallas Mayor, Eric Johnson, through the efforts of Councilman Chad West, in a proclamation that, as a part of of Mental Health Awareness Month, May 19 was declared The Well Community Day!
Join us in celebrating this recognition (see below)! Continue reading
Mental illnesses are complex, affecting each person impacted by them in a unique way. Thus, there’s always more to know about what it’s like to live with mental health conditions and how to come alongside those who must navigate the daily challenges of dealing with these illnesses.
Since 1949, when Mental Health America established Mental Health Awareness Month, May has been a time of special focus on increasing understanding of mental health challenges. As a faith-based organization serving adults living with severe mental illnesses, The Well Community particularly wants to help bring awareness to churches, clergy and lay leaders about mental health and faith during May. Continue reading
Last week we held a virtual version of our WellSpring Celebration. We were so glad to have a good turnout to watch the presentation, and so grateful for the nearly 60 individuals and businesses who collectively gave over $38,000 to make the event a great success. Continue reading
The past year has demonstrated with striking clarity that The Well isn’t a place: It’s a community. It’s comprised of people who support and care for one another through the countless challenges of life with serious mental illnesses, and of the many who come alongside them through service, generosity and advocacy.
As we celebrate the power of community at our virtual WellSpring Celebration on April 24, we’ll be taking time to honor two who are part of the circle that makes The Well a place to belong. Continue reading
Michelle Staubach Grimes, daughter of Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach, has struggled with depression, anxiety and OCD since she was a young child, and she is very passionate about mental health. She is dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental illness and to helping those in need of services have access to doctors, therapists, medications, treatment and community services like those offered by The Well Community.
Michelle will share a conversation with acclaimed news reporter Brett Shipp at the virtual return of our annual WellSpring Celebration! This online event on Saturday April 24, 2021 will be available on Facebook and YouTube at 7 p.m. (Central time). There is no charge, but an RSVP is needed so we can send you the log-in details before the event.
At the end of the WellSpring Celebration, Michelle will read from one of her published children’s books, Where is Pidge?
Hear more from Michelle in the video below. And then plan to join us!
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I was so pleased recently when the seven residents of Jacob’s House piled into the van to go get their COVID-19 vaccines. They seemed genuinely glad to go on the outing, even if it was just a trip to the clinic together. In the van there was laughter and affirming comradery.
Seeing that reminded me of when my siblings and I were loaded up in the family car. There was some teasing and tussling, but there were also jokes and songs. You know, the kinds of things families do together. Continue reading
Jacob’s House is situated on a tree-lined street in Oak Cliff. From the outside it looks like the other older homes in the neighborhood, with a large porch and a fenced front yard. On pleasant days, several men gather outside to “shoot the breeze,” play card games or wave at passersby. There is a comfortableness among them—a sense that they are at home. And they are.
However, for most of the seven who live at The Well Community’s boarding home for men, Jacob’s house has become home only after years of living on the street or in a series of substandard boarding houses. Continue reading
Living with a mental illness presents serious challenges when a person has stable housing. But, when an individual living with a mental health condition is without a safe, stable place to live, their struggles are multiplied. Mental illness and homelessness are compounding issues that can contribute to one another and create a cycle that makes it incredibly difficult for those caught in it to pursue stability.
The myths that surround these two issues can create a host of misconceptions that only add to the weight of struggle carried by those experiencing both mental illness and homelessness. The statements below represent several of the most common—and most harmful—myths about people living with these challenges. Continue reading