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Four Barriers to Minority Mental Health Care

Mental health struggles impact people of every race and background. And those of every ethnicity and culture often need the help of qualified professionals when facing these challenges. However, for members of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities, significant roadblocks make obtaining care much more difficult.

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A Well World: Generosity of Spirit

Our blogs this month focus on the intersection of mental illness and poverty. The two often go hand in hand and are often most visible among the homeless whom we pass on the streets. It would be remiss of us, though, to give the impression that poverty and mental health issues limit the ability of a person to be generous. I see stunning examples of […]

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Member Spotlight: Poverty and Mental Illness

Philipe* is a charter member of the Well Community. That means for over 20 years he has found a welcoming place to belong, despite grappling with overwhelming challenges of living with several mental health conditions. He represents the majority of Well members: male (75%) and Hispanic (43%), and like many others, he is now in his 60s. He has been navigating mental illness since he […]

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A Higher Toll: The Impact of Inflation on Mental Health

It’s hard to make it through a day without a reminder of rising prices. Inflation reached a 40-year high in 2022, and prices continue to climb. Nearly everything, from groceries to housing, costs more than it did just a year or two ago—in some cases more than it did the week before. While this inflation is certainly an economic issue, it doesn’t affect only wallets […]

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A Well World: Kinder Voices

During the long months of COVID, our Well members faced many additional insurmountable challenges. Two particularly come to mind. First, we lost several members during the pandemic, and we miss them terribly. We notice their absences during game time, when their laughter no longer joins in the fun. We are painfully aware of their passing when we pray for one another and their kind voices […]

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In Our Own Words

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Two longtime members of the Well Community have shared their mental health journey with us via video. Take a look!  

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Why Mental Health Awareness is Just the First Step

It’s no secret that our culture is talking more about mental health these days. The fact that one in five Americans—over 50 million people—experiences a mental illness in a given year is becoming common knowledge. And celebrities, athletes, actors and politicians are speaking openly and publicly about their mental health struggles and about the importance of tending to your emotional wellbeing. This growing conversation has […]

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A Well World: For the Sake of Others

The Well Community serves in the context of a wider community. We partner with local businesses, restaurants, churches, civic groups and other nonprofits to provide the best holistic care we can for our members, who suffer with chronic and debilitating mental illnesses. Recently we had an experience that involved a number of agencies coming together to care for Marguerite,* a longtime member of the Well. […]

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Resource Center: A Community Effort

“It’s a community effort,” says Alice Zaccarello, Executive Director of the Well Community, of the Resource Center available to the Well’s members. “We are able to have full shelves of clothing, bedding, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and healthy snack foods because of the support from individuals, businesses, civic groups and churches in the area.” The Well has passed along these kinds of items to its […]

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A Well World: Partings

It has been said, “Life is made up of meetings and partings.” In the last two months, the Well Community parted with two precious friends. “Little” James, a resident of Jacob’s House, passed in his sleep one night in early February. He’d been a part of the Well family for over seven years and was well loved by his “brothers in spirit” at the group […]

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