Stability in the Midst of Poverty and Mental Illness

Stability in the Midst of Poverty and Mental Illness

Mental illness and poverty are often deeply intertwined. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), not only can living with a mental illness increase the risk of living below the poverty line, poverty can increase the likelihood that an individual will began experiencing mental health challenges and intensify the experience of mental illness. Continue reading

Thoughtfulness That Inspires

Thoughtfulness That InspiresWhen Nicole, 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, heard about The Well Community’s internship program, she was immediately interested. The Well piqued her interest because of its faith-based approach to mental health, which is unusual among nonprofits that help those who struggle with mental illness. Nicole liked this approach, finding that faith-based solutions are often easily and effectively incorporated into people’s lives. For her graduate degree, she needed to complete two internships, and Nicole chose The Well as one of them. Continue reading

Pets As Comfort Companions

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Well Community members Lyndon and Angel with their dogs

What’s more comforting than a cat curled up with you after a tiresome day? Or an energetic puppy bounding around the house, its little tail wagging and its pink tongue hanging out its mouth? Not much, many pet owners will say. Pets can bring joy and comfort into any home, and this is especially true for men and women who struggle with severe mental illnesses. Continue reading

Four Barriers to Minority Mental Health

Four Barriers to Minority Mental HealthMental illnesses impact people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. While treatment can make these conditions more manageable, many minority populations face challenges that make it more difficult for them to get the care they need. When left untreated, mental health issues can become more severe and can make life with them increasingly difficult to navigate. 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

A Well World: A Lot of Good Going On

Historic homes are being restored and repurposed. New businesses are moving into the area. Restaurants are expanding and the Dallas Trolley is bringing visitors to discover the vibrant Bishop Arts District. These are exciting days for Oak Cliff, and as a lifelong resident, I just smile when I see so much good going on around me.

It’s all happening just blocks from The Well’s Community Life Center and near Jacob’s House. There is a lot of good going on here, too. Continue reading

Six Dallas-Area Organizations Making a Difference for Those Living With Mental Illnesses

Six Dallas-Area OrganizationsMaking a Difference for Those Living With Mental IllnessesThe Well Community is part of a network of organizations that advocate for mental health and help meet the need for relationship and connection among those who live with mental illnesses. We’re thankful for other Dallas-area organizations like these that serve individuals who are impacted by mental health challenges. Continue reading

Cultivating Community

Helping in the Garden

Well Community member Mary lends a hand at the Learning Garden. Photo courtesy of Better Block.

Every Wednesday morning, a bus pulls up in front of Better Block’s Learning Garden in Oak Cliff and a group of volunteers climb out. They are members of The Well Community who go weekly to work in the garden: pulling weeds, watering flowers, making compost and more. It’s a small commitment with a big impact on The Well members who live with mental illnesses and, because of stigma, have limited opportunities to be a part of the larger community. 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