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Service That Brings Joy

The Global Affairs class at Cliff Temple Baptist Church has volunteered together at the Well Community for a decade. They’ve lent a hand in several ways, including serving lunch at the Well’s Community Life Center. But, as Kay Frierson, a member of this class, shares, “What we really love doing is hosting the big Christmas banquet.” For 10 years, the class has provided the festive […]

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Generosity That Makes the Season Bright

Most of us think of the holidays as a time of togetherness, a season for gathering with people we love, making memories, enjoying traditions and taking a break from the ordinary. But for many who live with serious mental illnesses—people like members of the Well Community—this time of year can magnify and highlight the isolation that’s present year-round. And it can be laden with numerous […]

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A Well World: Retreat, Relax, Relate

We had a wonderful time at our fall spiritual retreat. As always, it was a special experience as Well members and staff were able to relax and recharge. It was also a terrific time to continue to develop our friendships and to share special moments like the hayride, bonfire and crafts. Retreats happen because generous donors provide scholarships for all Well members to have to […]

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Five Ways Family Caregivers Go Above and Beyond

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 stability.

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Monster Mash Halloween Bash Saturday, October 21 from 7-11 p.m. Turner House 401 N Rosemont Ave, Dallas, TX 75208 Co-chairs Felisha and Jeremiah Loeffler and Leslie Gunawan invite you to join us for Oak Cliff’s premier fall event, Monster Mash Halloween Bash. This spooktacular fun night will feature ghoulishly delicious treats by Justo at Boxwood Hospitality. The Pugh Family Funk Band will begin playing at […]

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Dual Diagnosis: Co-Occurring Struggles

For many who live from mental health conditions, an extra layer of challenges makes it harder to pursue stability: substance use disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains that “Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.” When […]

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A Well World: A Suicide Prevention Community

We are so grateful to so many of you who gave extraordinary donations to the Well Community through North Texas Giving Day! On September 21, over 120 of you participated generously, contributing $57,815 in all. We also appreciate those who give routinely, our monthly Well Wishers, and each of you who have supported us through the years. Because of you, the Well continues to be […]

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Taking Initiative: New Manager of Programs

Alondra Renteria is not new to the Well Community, but she is the newest member of the staff. After two semesters of internship with the Well, Alondra graduated from the University of Texas, Arlington in August with a Master of Social Work and joined the team shortly after as Manager of Programs. During her time as an intern, Alondra was able to easily weave herself […]

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Four Major Depression Myths

It’s among the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 8% of Americans each year. But in spite of its prevalence, major depression is often misunderstood—and these major depression myths hurt those who are struggling by compounding stigma and discouraging these individuals from seeking help. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately four in 10 individuals who experience major depression over the course of […]

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A Well World: Too Many, Too Few

I asked our communications coordinator to check again. The percentage she just stated couldn’t be right. She revisited her notes and confirmed. Still unconvinced, I contacted our program manager. Again, the number was repeated. How could it be that 50%—half—of participating Well members are currently homeless? The number has risen so sharply and so fast, I couldn’t quite take it in. But it’s true. And […]

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