The idea for our book (currently in progress) led to this website (also still in progress), which led to the concept for The Well-Being Project. With some creativity and a hopeful spirit, it is our intention that this project will:

  • Empower support people with knowledge to help them better understand their person and how really help.

  • Be a constant reminder to support people that they must take care of themselves in order to survive this mess.

  • Spark a conversation about the actual topics affecting all of us in a really real way.

  • Provide legit information and resources.

  • Show some compassion for and understanding of the crazy roller coaster that support people are riding.



The Well-Being Project isn’t a bunch of made -up malarkey. We combine ACTUAL science and creativity to present info in a way that is easy to understand.

But we know everything is always easier said than done ... especially when it comes to loving someone with mental illness. So we are going to be realistic. As part of this messy process we expect lots of hard work and emotional meltdowns. We know we're all going to continue making mistakes, changing, and growing. We'll hold tight to our values of tolerance, patience, knowledge, and compassion. And we will stand by our belief that humor helps balance this crazy world.

And with a little soul searching, science, and creativity, we know we can live a fearlessly authentic and fulfilled life



Abby Downing

Abby is a creative director & designer. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Journalism, she attended the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA to focus on design and art direction. Since then she has worked with the likes of Dolly Parton, the Boston Red Sox, Condé Nast, Justin Bieber, College of Charleston, Walmart, Amazon, Mumford & Sons, and Katy Perry, among many others.

Abby enjoys the finer things in life, like happy hour, big dogs, college football, and black Sharpies. She generally works remotely—from wherever—but has made Charleston, SC, home with her husband, Henry, and big dog, Captain. After moving up and down the East Coast, she found that her happy place is definitely near salt water and under warm sunshine.

Abby is emotional, passionate, and rational ... sometimes. Her daily mantra is “work hard & be nice to people.” You can check out more about Abby here

Jamie Workman, PhD.

Jamie is a clinical psychologist. She earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jamie and her husband, Paul, loved living in Salt Lake City for a year while she completed an internship that provided her with additional training in substance abuse, psychological evaluations, and community mental health.

In 2009 Jamie moved back to Tar Heel territory and began working at Counseling Services, Inc., a private group practice in Durham, NC. Jamie is a believer in the “work hard/play hard” philosophy. Although there is a lot of adulting and working that goes on, her husband and 2-year-old son keep her in the moment and appreciating life!

You can find more about Jamie's practice here



What is up with the bird? 

Abby hates birds. And by hate, we mean she suffers from “bird-aphobia.” So it's pretty weird that she designed a logo with a bird in it.

This particular bird is a cardinal, the state bird of North Carolina. Cardinals symbolize hope, love, and energy. And the crimson cardinal has got some serious spunk. He will aggressively defend his territory and ruthlessly fight attackers. See where we're going with this? Cardinals remind us that passion, warmth, and energy are available to us, even on the darkest days. But, yeah, Abby's still uncomfortable with the whole bird thing.