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.

While we've had to postpone our WellSpring Celebration Luncheon, it's not cancelled. We look forward to a fantastic and informative event on April 21, 2021. In the meantime, we so greatly appreciate your continued support of The Well!
For a special message from Brett Shipp and Michelle Staubach Grimes, who have both agreed to join us next year, check out this brief video: https://vimeo.com/400714427

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WellSpring 2020 Postponed

While we've had to postpone our WellSpring Celebration Luncheon, it's not cancelled. We look forward to a fantastic and informative event on April 21, 2021. In the meantime, we so greatly appreciate your continued support of The Well! https://vimeo.com/400714427

Scheduled interviewer Brett Shipp and speaker, Michelle Staubach Grimes share their thoughts regarding the postponement of WellSpring Celebration Luncheon 2020

Thank you to Pat Packard for providing lunch for the staffs of The Well Community and Mission Oak Cliff today!

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Why You Should Not Go to the Grocery Store Until April 4 - D Magazine

Did you know that by simply delaying grocery shopping the first few days of this month, you can help some of those who are most in need in this time of pandemic? D Magazine https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/2020/03/why-you-should-not-go-to-the-grocery-store-until-april-4/?fbclid=IwAR3wdlQSJhxXCbmODglzRTfVWyugWXn6L_cPfExMJqL__UFowlduxez1CIg

dmagazine.com WIC and other funds are disbursed on the first of the month. Let beneficiaries have a chance to get what they need.

Health crises like the coronavirus pandemic impact us all. But, those who live with serious mental illnesses and poverty face unique challenges in times like this. https://wellcommunity.org/2020/04/01/mental-illness-and-poverty-magnifying-challenges-in-times-of-crisis/

Lunches at The Well look a little different these days! But, we're so grateful we can continue to serve our members in this time of social distancing through the generosity of our donors.

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Checking in with Susan David

The coronavirus pandemic presents a mental health challenge for us all. This new podcast from Harvard Medical School psychologist Susan David offers strategies for coping with heightened emotions. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ted/checking-in-with-susan-david

stitcher.com Fear, boredom, grief, confusion—we're all feeling... a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic? Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical School—is here to offer us strategies. This show is an urgent response to an urgent moment—a support sy...

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WellSpring 2020 Postponed

We are disappointed that we’ve needed to postpone our WellSpring Celebration Luncheon because of COVID-19. But at the same time, we're so very pleased that our speaker, Michelle Staubach Grimes, and interviewer, Brett Shipp, have both agreed to join us next year, on April 22, 2021! View a special message from the two of them below. https://vimeo.com/400714427

Scheduled interviewer Brett Shipp and speaker, Michelle Staubach Grimes share their thoughts regarding the postponement of WellSpring Celebration Luncheon 2020

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A WELL WORLD: Lessons Learned in Uncertain Times

Well Community Board Chairman Jeff Lane shares how "Sacrificial giving is actually more rewarding than routine giving," and reminds us that "The needs of those struggling every day with mental health difficulties and poverty do not fluctuate with the stock market."

wellcommunity.org During these uncertain times, when all routines are disrupted and we have more questions than answers, I find it helpful to consider the plight of others to keep from focusing only on my own challe…

Thanks to Kathi Chandler, Jim Shade and Susie Moody for preparing lunch for our members today! Jim shares how making this yummy meal was part of a virtual cooking party with faraway friends. Thanks for blessing The Well Community as you connected!

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Bipolar FAQs - International Bipolar Foundation

In honor of #WorldBipolarDay get the facts about bipolar disorder from the International Bipolar Foundation https://ibpf.org/learn/education/bipolar-faq/

ibpf.org Yes, people with bipolar are more likely to suffer from many age-related conditions and have an earlier age at death due not only to unnatural, but also natural

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Busting 10 Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Tomorrow is #WorldBipolarDay. Have you ever been fooled by any of these myths about bipolar disorder? https://wellcommunity.org/2016/04/19/busting-10-myths-about-bipolar-disorder/

wellcommunity.org Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental illness that impacts approximately 5.7 million Americans every year. It causes dramatic shifts in a person’s mood and energy. These highs and lows, known as man…

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"This is going to compound your problems": Coronavirus poses new challenge for many with mental illness

The present is a particularly challenging time for those living with mental illness, not only because constant COVID-19 coverage can trigger symptoms, but because social distancing and a heavily burdened medical system can make it even harder than usual to access needed medicine and treatment. CBS News

"This is an increased anxiety for everyone," one expert said — but for those with mental illness, coping could be much harder.

We're grateful for the handmade masks we received in the mail today from Linda Bell! These masks and those we received yesterday from Frances Stinnett are much-needed and priceless gifts as, before yesterday, we didn't have any.

Thanks to Frances Stinnett our homemade masks! We tried them out yesterday and are grateful for these gifts that are not only functional but fun.

We had a fabulous lunch today! A BIG thanks to Catherine Dodge, a volunteer who’s previously blessed us through her service at Thursday Night Life. She wanted our members to enjoy wonderful tacos from Taco y Vino and she covered the tab for yummy to-go boxes made by owner Jimmie Contreras. And, thanks to Mission Oak Cliff for adding rice and beans and to DeSoto Food Bank for giving us lots of healthy bananas. We added bottled water and toilet paper, and were delighted to hand out these boxes to our members.

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A WELL WORLD: Lessons Learned in Uncertain Times

Jeff Lane, Board Chairman of The Well Community, shares how the temporary isolation of COVID-19 has given him insight into the challenges continually faced by Well Community members. https://wellcommunity.org/2020/03/26/a-well-world-lessons-learned-in-uncertain-times/

wellcommunity.org During these uncertain times, when all routines are disrupted and we have more questions than answers, I find it helpful to consider the plight of others to keep from focusing only on my own challe…

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Finding Connection in a Time of Social Distancing

Intentionally connecting with others is vital to mental health--especially during this time of social distancing. How about trying one of these ideas today? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'

youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org Everyone tells us we are not alone, to reach out to our friends and spend time with trustworthy people when we are feeling depressed, anxious, you name it. But right now, we can’t be surrounded by our friends. We are in the middle of a pandemic and have to do our part in flattening the […]

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The End of Over a Decade of Homelessness

For many members of The Well, homelessness is a long-term hardship. But, thanks to the support they receive through The Well Community, members like Anthony are better able to access resources to help them in the compounding challenges of insecure housing and mental illness and are encouraged by others who understand and accept them. https://wellcommunity.org/2020/03/19/the-end-of-over-a-decade-of-homelessness/#more-6827

wellcommunity.org After suddenly losing his job over a decade ago, Anthony felt something inside him break. He soon found himself homeless, sleeping in a park or abandoned building. He recalls the street as a place …

NAMI Updates on the Coronavirus | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

The present is a particularly challenging time for those living with mental illness. NAMI is offering this helpful guide to assist those facing mental health difficulties cope with the added stress of COVID-19. https://nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus

nami.org Considering the news regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), here are the tips and practices NAMI recommends.

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Group Profile: NAMI Texas | Support Groups Central

Online support groups like these offered by NAMI Texas can provide vital virtual community, especially during times when we're more isolated from others than usual. https://www.supportgroupscentral.com/groups_detail.cfm?cid=37&CFID=1596348&CFTOKEN=4d925a12a67d4d3c-3532DE56-9A6D-B149-48EE9A942C43DAD1

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Howdy, friends of The Well Community

Joel Pulis, founder of The Well Community, shows his ongoing affection for our members by staying in touch and delivering messages monthly at our Thursday Night Life Services. Recently he sent this greeting to our members via video:
https://youtu.be/8EM0yI1h54o

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The End of Over a Decade of Homelessness

After 13 years of living on the streets, Anthony has a bed to call his own! As the newest resident of Jacob’s House, The Well’s boarding house for men, he not only has a safe home, but benefits from living in an accepting community where everyone understands what it’s like to struggle with mental health challenges. https://wellcommunity.org/2020/03/19/the-end-of-over-a-decade-of-homelessness/

wellcommunity.org After suddenly losing his job over a decade ago, Anthony felt something inside him break. He soon found himself homeless, sleeping in a park or abandoned building. He recalls the street as a place …

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Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health

The uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus can take a toll on mental health. This piece from BBC News offers helpful tips for protecting mental well-being in the days ahead.

bbc.com Advice on protecting your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

[03/17/20]   Good advice for anyone who's feeling anxious in the midst of all the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. HuffPost https://www.huffpost.com/entry/therapists-advice-patients-coronavirus-anxiety_l_5e6fb44ac5b6125e095b4134

[03/17/20]   Thanks to Kate Cummings Thacker for helping to spread the word about our need for supplies as we continue to make lunches that our members can pick up while The Well is closed for the safety of its members. If you have and can spare any of the items on this list, we'd greatly appreciate them! https://www.facebook.com/kate.cummingsthacker/posts/10157046109306964

While The Well is closed for coronavirus precautions, we’re blessed to partner with Mission Oak Cliff to prepare meals for pickup for our members.

[03/16/20]   For coronavirus precautions, all daily programs and worship at The Well are temporarily suspended Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
Lunches for members of The Well and clients of Mission Oak Cliff can be picked up from noon-1pm at The Well door, Monday through Thursday.

COVID-19 and Mental Illness, NAMI Releases Important Information | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Many of those living with mental illnesses face additional challenges related to COVID-19. This guide from NAMI addresses many frequently-asked questions. https://www.nami.org/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Important-Information

nami.org Today NAMI released a guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones.

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"Why do so many plans lack in-network providers for mental health and substance use care? A couple of reasons: One, there are shortages of mental health professionals in general, and particularly in certain parts of the country. Two, many mental health and substance use providers do not accept insurance because they do not get paid enough by insurance companies for their services."

The Many Forms of Mental Illness Discrimination | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Those who live with serious mental illnesses often face numerous forms of discrimination. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) shines a light on several ways that those dealing with these challenges lack equal access to opportunities. https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/March-2020/The-Many-Forms-of-Mental-Illness-Discrimination

nami.org Learn about the main types of mental illness discrimination and ways to challenge unfair practices.

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Three Factors That Make Safe Housing a Challenge

Most who struggle with severe mental health challenges face daunting hurdles in obtaining and maintaining housing. These three factors play a big role. https://wellcommunity.org/2018/03/15/three-factors-that-make-safe-housing-a-challenge/

wellcommunity.org A stable, affordable place to live can make a big difference in a person’s ability to pursue recovery while dealing with metal heath challenges. As Mental Health America of Greater Dallas states, “…

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In his sister’s memory, Solomon Thomas, family aim to reduce suicide stigma, help others through dark times

Texas native and NFL player Solomon Thomas encourages us to speak up when we're struggling and support one another through mental health challenges. The Dallas Morning News

dallasnews.com Solomon Thomas’ left arm is in a sling, the result of surgery for a torn labrum. The pain in the 49er defensive lineman’s shoulder started during the...

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America's Mental Health Crisis Hidden Behind Bars

Almost one-third of people dealing with a mental illness get into the treatment systems through an encounter with a police officer. And, due to lack of beds at treatment facilities, many are stuck in jail until spaces open up. NPR https://www.npr.org/2020/02/25/805469776/americas-mental-health-crisis-hidden-behind-bars

npr.org Overcrowding, understaffing and poor treatment for inmates with mental health issues held in Los Angeles jails underscore growing failures in America's mental health and justice systems.

Through Jacob’s House, The Well is helping to address the compounding challenges of housing and mental illness. There, up to eight men not only have a safe, stable place to call home, but also benefit from nutritious meals and supportive friendships. https://wellcommunity.org/2020/03/05/housing-in-the-pursuit-of-stability/

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Got lawyer jokes? Michelle Staubach Grimes launches "Legal2Laugh" podcast

Check out the Legal2Laugh podcast to learn more about our WellSpring Celebration Luncheon speaker, Michelle Staubach Grimes, and plan to join us at noon on April 22 at the Belo Mansion. Preston Hollow Advocate

prestonhollow.advocatemag.com Michelle Staubach Grimes (left), daughter of football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, is launching a podcast today called "Legal2Laugh." Tune in today at 1 p.m. on Facebook or YouTube. An Ursuline grad and Preston Hollow neighbor, Grimes received her law degree and has recently

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North Texas Police Department Wants to End Silence Around Mental Health

We're grateful for North Texas Police officers who are speaking out about their mental health struggles, demonstrating that these challenges aren't a sign of weakness. NBC DFW

nbcdfw.com Police officers are often thought of as having a tough exterior, but the Grand Prairie Police Department is encouraging officers to open up and talk about the things that trouble them. “There are injuries to our brains that are unseen,” Grand Prairie Assistant Police Chief Christy Martinez said....

Many of the living situations in which those suffering from mental health challenges find themselves further erode their wellbeing. However, the connection between insecure housing and mental illness also has a positive side: Helping those living with mental health conditions access safe, stable housing can increase their ability to manage their illnesses.
https://wellcommunity.org/2020/03/05/housing-in-the-pursuit-of-stability/

Wondering what our upcoming WellSpring Celebration Luncheon will be like? Check out this slideshow from last year's event to get a taste of this truly special time in support of The Well Community: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wellcommunity/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156105102950770

Thank you to all who joined us for our first WellSpring Celebration luncheon! We were blessed to listen in on a conversation between the Dallas Cowboys legend and Hall of Famer Charles Haley and broadcast journalist Scott Murray, and were honored to present Haley with our new Courage and Advocacy Award. We also delighted in presenting art teacher Ann Tabony with our Founder’s Award.

A shout-out and big thanks to Mary Katherine McElroy for serving as our photographer!

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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