the Well Community

The Well is a works to bring love and health to adults living with serious mental illness in the Dallas area, empowering them through community.

Rationale for Service: Currently, Texas is ranked 49th among states for per capita mental health spending and recently received a “D” grade by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness, Grading the States 2009). Dallas’ mental health care system is now in serious peril. The NorthSTAR program provides the region’s managed mental health care. In the last ten years, the number of clients in the system has skyrocketed by 90%, but funding had risen only 60% during the same timeframe. (United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, 2008 UWMD Community Needs Assessment: Health, 2008). Without treatment the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering. The economic cost of untreated mental illness is more than 100 billion dollars each year in the United States (NAMI.org website, NAMI | About Mental Illness, 08 Apr. 2009).

Mission: We are a community of people working to bring love and health to adults recovering from serious mental illness, empowering them through community, faith, and best practices interventions. We focus on core issues related to mental illness – isolation, hopelessness, poverty – by offering our Community Members a restorative environment, healthy relationships, and vocational rehabilitation. the Well Community is leading the way as Dallas’ only faith-based provider of psychosocial treatment to low–income people experiencing mental illness.

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Meet the classical musicians inspiring people with mental illnesses

The Me2/Orchestra comprised of individuals living with mental illness and those who support them, is fighting stigma while making beautiful music. @TODAYshow

today.com For his “Power of Music” series, Carson Daly takes us inside the Me2 Orchestra, the world’s only known classical music group created specifically for people struggling with mental illnesses and those who support them.

Thanks to the Greg Price and Elaine Kromer for blessing our members with a message and song as we celebrated Valentine's Day, as well as to the second graders and their moms from The Episcopal School of Dallas who prepared the yummy dinner! https://www.facebook.com/pg/wellcommunity/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156904613000770

We had a great night as we celebrated Valentine's Day at Thursday Night Life this evening! Our members were blessed with a message and music by Greg Price and Elaine Kromer and a yummy meal prepared by second graders and their moms from Episcopal School of Dallas.

Valentine's Day Celebration 2020

We had a great night as we celebrated Valentine's Day at Thursday Night Life this evening! Our members were blessed with a message and music by Greg Price and Elaine Kromer and a yummy meal prepared by second graders and their moms from Episcopal School of Dallas.

We had a great night as we celebrated Valentine's Day at Thursday Night Life this evening! Our members were blessed with a message and music by Greg Price and Elaine Kromer and a yummy meal prepared by second graders and their moms from Episcopal School of Dallas.

Mental Health in America - Access to Care Data | Mental Health America

A new report from Mental Health America reveals that Texas still ranks last in the nation in access to mental health care. https://www.mhanational.org/issues/mental-health-america-access-care-data

mhanational.org The Access Ranking indicates how much access to mental health care exists within a state. The access measures include access to insurance, access to treatment, quality and cost of insurance, access to special education, and workforce availability. A high Access Ranking indicates that a state provide...

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How To Be A Life-Saving Friend To Someone Struggling With A Mental Illness

For many living with serious mental illnesses, supportive relationships are rare and difficult to form. Your friendship could be a priceless gift. Scary Mommy

scarymommy.com As someone who has been on both sides of the table, I’ve had the dubious privilege of seeing mental illness from both perspectives.

Simply talking about the conditions that impact one in five Americans every year has played a powerful role in changing perceptions about mental illness. https://wellcommunity.org/2020/02/06/speaking-differently-and-speaking-up-progress-in-the-fight-against-stigma/

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Stereotype #1: Homeless People are Lazy — THE HUMAN IMPACT

Myths like "homeless people are just lazy" hurt many people who face a wealth of challenges--often including mental illness.

thehumanimpact.org Laziness is defined as unwilling to work or use energy. It’s a word that is used to describe Netflix-binge-watching millennials, mindless scrollers of Instagram and Facebook, or people who sit on sidewalks with no job. These are people described as not having enough willpower to resist temptations...

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Suicide Rates Are Increasing. Here's How You Can Help Change That.

There are several ways all of us can help prevent suicide. Lindsay Holmes explains in this piece for HuffPost.

huffpost.com A new CDC report contains some discouraging stats about deaths by suicide. That doesn't mean all hope is lost.

Two major developments in the way we talk about mental illness have contributed to the progress we’ve made to diminish stigma. The language we use and our openness about mental health struggles have paved the way for better discussions and improved attitudes about mental illness, and they’re primed to continue to chip away at misconceptions and negative perceptions.https://wellcommunity.org/2020/02/06/speaking-differently-and-speaking-up-progress-in-the-fight-against-stigma/

Two Antidotes to Stigma | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

By creating environments where those living with mental illnesses can openly share about their conditions, we empower them to help fight stigma. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

nami.org I wish all people with mental illness, whether we’re struggling or well, will be accepted, respected and fairly treated. It’s time for individual and social change that recognizes our humanity.

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Daughter of Dallas Cowboys' Hall of Famer Roger Staubach Shares Her Mental Journey

If you missed Michelle Staubach Grimes on NBC DFW last night, but sure to check out this piece on her mental health journey. (And, to see her in person, please join us at our WellSpring Celebration Luncheon on April 22!) https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/daughter-of-cowboys-hall-of-famer-shares-her-mental-journey/2304230/

nbcdfw.com Michelle Staubach Grimes says her battles with mental health started when she was in first grade

Don't Michelle Staubach Grimes (the speaker for our upcoming WellSpring Celebration Luncheon) on NBC DFW at 10pm tonight! The Daughter of Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach, she'll be sharing her mental health journey.

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A Well World: The Integral Role of Interns

As interns serve, our members teach them lessons they could never learn from a textbook. By the time they leave, they go not only with additional skills, but with a much richer understanding of the daily struggles of mental illness. Read more: https://wellcommunity.org/2020/01/30/a-well-world-the-integral-role-of-interns/

wellcommunity.org Creating community takes a team. Here at The Well, we’re able to provide a place to belong for those who live with serious mental illnesses because of the efforts of many. Our dedicated staff membe…

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Companionship: A Response to Social Isolation and Loneliness — Key Ministry

For many who live with serious mental illnesses, loneliness compounds countless other daily struggles. But, through companionship, you can communicate that these individuals have worth and are worth listening to. Key Ministry

keyministry.org Recently, a homeless stranger approached me for assistance to feed himself and his son. We discussed many things in our brief interaction before I said to him, “You matter, and you are a person.” His response stood out to me: “It feels good to be thought of as a person.” In that encounter, I...

Our interns play an integral part in serving our members. They come engaged, interested and ready to be involved. And, because the schools where they’re studying disciplines such as social work and psychology send such well-prepared students, they’re truly a part of our team. Read more: https://wellcommunity.org/2020/01/30/a-well-world-the-integral-role-of-interns/

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Millennials are destigmatizing 2 topics their parents viewed as taboo — and it says a lot about the world they've grown up in

A growing number of millennials are facing mental health challenges. But, the good news is that many of them are talking openly about it, helping to fight stigma unlike any generation before them.

businessinsider.com Millennials are more open than their parents to talking about money and mental health, and it's all because they recognize the power of transparency.

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Examples of Love and Devotion

Internships at The Well Community never fail to shape the viewpoints of those who participate. Former intern Akintunde shares about three couples at The Well that have impressed him through their love and devotion. https://wellcommunity.org/2017/09/21/examples-of-love-and-devotion/

wellcommunity.org For 20 years, Akintunde worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Dallas, Arlington and Grapevine, helping men and women who struggled with drug addictions receive appropriate treatment…

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This Was The Decade That Changed The Way We Think About Mental Health

Over the past decade, our culture has come a long way in becoming more open about and accepting of mental illness. But, we still need to make more progress in eliminating stigma.

huffpost.com Examining the most prominent mental health events that went down in the last 10 years and what else needs to be done to erase stigma.

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Serving The Well Through an Administrative Social Work Internship: Valencia Jefferson

“Administrative social work interns play a unique and vital role at The Well. ... Their work behind the scenes helps to keep us organized and allows us to better serve our members.” Well Community Director Alice Zaccarello

wellcommunity.org Over and over, we see how internships at The Well Community truly benefit interns and members alike. University of Southern California Master of Social Work intern Valencia Jefferson has experience…

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Muddy shoes and difficult questions: How volunteers are counting the number of homeless Texans

Point in time counts like the one that took place on Thursday provide vital data to effectively address the needs of the homeless population, many of whom live with mental illnesses. The photographs in this piece were taken by our talented friend Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson, who's also done work for The Well. Texas Tribune

texastribune.org Hundreds of people walked the streets of Dallas on Thursday to count how many homeless residents live in the area. Similar counts are planned in other cities this month. The results will be key to finding solutions for vulnerable Texans.

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Helping a Friend or Loved One - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Blog | The Kim Foundation

You don't have to be a trained professional to help a friend or family member facing mental health challenges. This piece from The Kim Foundation - Advocating for Mental Health Services explains.

thekimfoundation.org There are many ways you can help a loved one that is dealing with a mental health condition. If you are not a mental health professional, you might not

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Serving The Well Through an Administrative Social Work Internship: Valencia Jefferson

Over and over, we see how internships at The Well Community truly benefit interns and members alike. University of Southern California Master of Social Work intern Valencia Jefferson has experienced these two-way rewards while attending to the behind-the-scenes tasks at The Well.

wellcommunity.org Over and over, we see how internships at The Well Community truly benefit interns and members alike. University of Southern California Master of Social Work intern Valencia Jefferson has experience…

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Four Important Reminders for Pastors Dealing with Mental Health Issues

Pastors are not immune to mental illness, and they face unique challenges in seeking help. @CTmagazine @edstetzer http://ow.ly/RGtb50xZlJs

christianitytoday.com Sometimes, we hurt ourselves here because we don’t reach out for help when we know we need it. Sometimes, we feel guilty because we think we aren’t “spiritual enough” to make it without help.

[01/20/20]   Taking medication to treat a mental health condition isn't shameful any more than taking insulin to treat diabetes. It's common and it helps those living with real illnesses manage their symptoms. We Are The Mighty

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Examples of Love and Devotion

A Well Community intern shares about three couples at The Well that have impressed him through their love and devotion. https://wellcommunity.org/2017/09/21/examples-of-love-and-devotion/

wellcommunity.org For 20 years, Akintunde worked as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Dallas, Arlington and Grapevine, helping men and women who struggled with drug addictions receive appropriate treatment…

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Lady Gaga Wants To 'Erase The Stigma' Around Taking Meds For Mental Illness

We're thankful for celebs who are helping to fight stigma by speaking out about mental health and the role medication can play in help those living with mental illness pursue stability. Scary Mommy

Lady Gaga did not hold back on the importance of medication in helping her deal with mental illness.

I Can’t Cure My Mental Illness, But I Can Make Progress | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

For many living with serious mental illness, the struggle is lifelong. But, there is hope of stability and meaningful community. NAMI

nami.org I have to stop looking for an overall cure or even a way to permanently manage my illness away. I'm going to have to learn to focus on doing the best I can.

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Discovering Courage and Compassion

Through their relationship with our members, interns often first confront their own preconceptions as they encounter people with great courage and compassion. https://wellcommunity.org/2018/05/24/discovering-courage-and-compassion/

wellcommunity.org Each semester, The Well Community welcomes interns from local universities to learn, hands-on, how to work with people dealing with severe mental illnesses. It is often during their time at The Wel…

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What I Wish The Church Knew About Mental Health - ChurchMag

Understanding some of the challenges churches face in coming alongside those dealing with mental illnesses is an important first step in providing meaningful support and community. ChurchMag

churchm.ag The church still has more to do in when it comes to mental health. Here's what I wish the church knew about mental health & ideas on how to fix some issues.

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Mental health in America: How we’ve improved and where we need to do better

Over the past decade we've seen a lot of progress in the way our society thinks about and talks about mental illness. But we have a way to go before mental illnesses are treated like illnesses that impact other parts of the body. NBC News BETTER

nbcnews.com Some of the most significant advancements in the last 10 years reveal just how far we have to go.

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‘Relapse is part of the journey’: Dallas lawyer enlists colleagues to help watch for bipolar symptoms

An excellent example from our community of the power of support from a caring network of people in helping those living with mental illness pursue stability. The Dallas Morning News

dallasnews.com She is a successful lawyer, mother and inspiration for others who know what it’s like inside the battle with bipolar disorder. But a year ago, Kelly...

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Internships at The Well: Benefiting Students and Members

Internships at The Well provide numerous benefits for both students and Well Community members. Through hands-on experience, interns gain professional experience, confidence and a deeper understanding of mental illness while blessing members through their knowledge, skills and friendship.

wellcommunity.org Program Coordinator Gemma Cardenas understands the benefits of The Well Community’s internship program firsthand, not only from her role in supervising the students who participate, but from her ow…

[01/11/20]   Many experiencing homelessness are also struggling with mental illness. The annual Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point in Time Homeless count plays an important role in effectively addressing these often-compounding challenges. And, volunteers are needed! To sign up, head to https://dallas.pointintime.info/?mc_cid=df8682f6d6&mc_eid=cc993515c7

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Internships at The Well: Benefiting Students and Members

Internships at The Well Community are truly a win-win situation. As Program Coordinator Gemma shares, “The internship program benefits The Well, but at the same time it benefits those who come here by giving them a place where they can gain experience and skills.”

wellcommunity.org Program Coordinator Gemma Cardenas understands the benefits of The Well Community’s internship program firsthand, not only from her role in supervising the students who participate, but from her ow…

NAMI

These new resources from NAMI demonstrate just common common mental illness is in the United States, and how living with these conditions can impact every area of a person's life.

Our new updated infographics cover important topics around mental illness including prevalence, warning signs, access to treatment, societal impacts and suicide.

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Everyone Is Going Through Something | By Kevin Love

We're thankful for athletes like Kevin Love who are making it known that mental health challenges aren't a sign of weakness. The Players' Tribune

theplayerstribune.com Mental health isn’t just an athlete thing. What you do for a living doesn’t have to define who you are. This is an everyone thing.

6 Ways You Can Help a Loved One on Their Healing Journey | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Good tips for helping a friend or family member pursue mental health stability. NAMI

nami.org Unfortunately, there are no foolproof guidelines for helping your loved one on their journey towards recovery. However, you can connect to your intentions, convey compassion and maintain your own self-care while empowering your loved one regardless of where they are in their healing journey.

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Eight Must-Read Books About Mental Illness

As we begin a new year, we encourage you to commit to educating yourself on mental illness and how you can help those who live with mental health challenges. These eight books, including several by Dallas-area authors, are a great place to start. https://wellcommunity.org/2018/01/04/eight-must-read-books-about-mental-illness/

wellcommunity.org Knowledge about mental illnesses and the people who struggle with them can go a long way in empowering you to come alongside friends and family members dealing with these conditions. As we begin a …

About The Well

Those who struggle with mental illnesses are thirsty for acceptance, support and meaningful relationships. Offering hope and healing through best-practice interventions, friendships and the power of faith, The Well Community provides a place to belong.

Founded in 2002, The Well Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While it started as a simple, church outreach to a handful of people, The Well has grown into a flourishing, significant ministry among adults recovering from serious mental illnesses. The Well’s philosophy of care, relational interventions and holistic rehabilitation combine to make a significant impact upon those we are called to serve.

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