Seven Ways to Support Family Caregivers

When someone has cancer or is experiencing another health issue, friends and extended family members often surround that person and his or her household with support in the form of everything from meal delivery to assistance with rides to cards of encouragement. However, when the challenge at hand is a mental health struggle, the response is often quite the opposite, and many times family caregivers are left feeling alone and overwhelmed.

Families impacted by mental illness desperately need the support and assistance of a caring community! Thankfully, there are many ways friends and extended family can help, providing a lifeline to caregivers. Continue reading

A Well World: Reaching out

It’s a bit shocking when you think about it. In a 2021 research project* about individuals living in homelessness, 33 percent of all respondents self-identified as having mental health issues.

That means about one out of three homeless people are living each day not only with the challenges of poverty and insecure housing, but also with mental illnesses. What incredible obstacles they face! It can be nearly impossible to know where to turn for help and how to access that help. We want to change that. Continue reading

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 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 Well World: Looking Forward

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

Always More to Know

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

The Well Community to Honor Diann Warnock and NAMI North Dallas

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 to Speak at WellSpring Celebration

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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A Well World: A Family for Everyone

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