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A Well World: Just Plain Fun

REFLECTIONS FROM ALICE ZACCARELLO, Executive Director “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” As I looked across the theatre at the nearly 80 people gathered to learn how to address the stigma of mental illness, these words of Mother Teresa came to my mind. The […]

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Four Ways That Stigma Spreads

Stigma makes living with a mental health difficulty even more challenging. It reinforces negative attitudes about mental illnesses and encourages prejudice against those who struggle with them. The National Alliance for Mental Illness puts it this way: “Stigma reflects prejudice, dehumanizes people with mental illness, trivializes their legitimate concerns, and is a significant barrier to effective delivery of mental health services.”[i] But, what causes this […]

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A Well World: Great Love

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” As I looked across the theatre at the nearly 80 people gathered to learn how to address the stigma of mental illness, these words of Mother Teresa came to my mind. The speaker and panelists who came to participate in The Secrets We Keep: De-stigmatizing Mental Illness* are […]

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Six Ways to Take Charge of Your Mental Health This Year

The beginning of a new year is a great time to adopt new habits that impact your wellbeing. If you’re still considering a New Year’s resolution, think about one that helps you take charge of your mental health, such as one of these practical, doable commitments:

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A Well World: Hope for the Holidays

Of all the gifts given at our Christmas party, I suspect the most important one wasn’t wrapped in bright red paper. It didn’t come from Santa’s hand.

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It’s the People

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Well Community’s weekly worship service last Thursday evening when members gathered for The Well’s annual Christmas party. Tables were decorated with red tablecloths and festive napkins. Volunteers from three area churches, Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Kessler Park United Methodist Church and All Saints Dallas, passed out plates piled high with turkey slices, stuffing, mashed […]

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Loving One Another Well

At a friend’s invitation, Susan  showed up at The Well Community Life Center one morning. She was curious about the ministry and wondered if The Well might help her deal bipolar disorder and the difficulties she has faced because of the illness, including homelessness and isolation. Almost a decade later, Susan remains a faithful member of The Well. Over the years she’s served at various […]

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A Well World: BIG Hearts

Sunday, December 4 is the day The Well will be featured on 12 Days Oak Cliff. Our wish list includes toiletries for our members, many of whom have limited access to personal care items. Through your generosity, The Well aims to have enough items to put together bags for 100 people and give them at our annual Christmas party. These small gifts make a huge impact in contributing to good health for our members.

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Threads of Thankfulness

When mental illness is embedded in the warp and woof of a family’s life it is hard to see how your loved one’s struggles and your ongoing caregiving could possibly weave into anything good. But if you look closely you may uncover a few threads of blessings subtly streaming across the fabric of your own heart.

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Pursuing Self-Care Together

Self-care is a vital element of any mental illness treatment plan. It’s a continual piece of the ongoing process of recovery. But the challenges of living with a mental illness can make it more difficult to practice self-care. For example, it’s hard to find the motivation to exercise or make plans with friends when struggling with the motivation-sapping effects of depression.

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