A Global Health Crisis Affecting Us All...

 According to the World Health Organization...

By 2030, depression will be the 2nd most common health problem in the world - and worldwide disability and life lost attributable to depression will soon be greater than any other condition, including cancer, stroke, heart disease, accidents, and war. 

Over 350 million people of all ages and backgrounds are currently living with the painful symptoms of depression.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide. One person in the world (ages 10-64) dies from suicide every 40 seconds, and suicide rates have increased 60% in the last 45 years. 

Three-quarters of people polled in 35 different countries said they still try to conceal their depression from other people for fear of experiencing discrimination. 


Did You Know that in the United States...

Approximately 25 million American adults (age 18 or older) have experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year; and over 70% of the people that have symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any professional treatment for their depression. 

In 2015, an estimated 3 million adolescents aged 12 to 17 in the United States (or 12.5% of the population age-range) had at least one major depressive episode in the past year; and over 30% of college students reported symptoms of major depressive disorder that inhibited their ability to function.

Major depressive disorder has a major economic impact, and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.  In fact, depression’s annual toll on U.S. businesses amounts to about $80 billion in medical expenditures, lost productivity and other costs per year.

Depression is the leading factor in suicide; and an American dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes.  For every woman who dies by suicide in the US, four men die by suicide - but women are 3x more likely to attempt suicide. And American veterans comprise 22% of suicides in the nation.


A Community in Need

In Philadelphia -- where the LiveWell Foundation is located -- the high proportion of people struggling with depression and mental health issues presents "a significant public health challenge for the city" (Phila. Dept. of Public Health, 2016).


Furthermore, with the highest rate of deep poverty among major U.S. cities, too many residents are hurting, since poverty and unemployment are linked to high levels of severe depression and suicidality (SAMHSA 2014).

Towards mental health equity...one neigborhood at at time!  

Through its FREE and innovative local programming, the LiveWell Foundation

aims to help reduce the impact untreated depression is having on

countless individuals, their families, and our communities

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The LiveWell Foundation



LWF does not provide emergency services.  If you are experiencing a serious bout of clinical depression , it is important that you seek the help of a qualified mental health professional in your area.  If you are afraid of hurting yourself (or others), or in the midst of a mental health crisis, please call a 24-hour line to speak to a caring and trained person, and/or call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.