Dedicated to reducing the impact that depression has on our communities, the LiveWell Foundation is working to ensure that all people with depression have equal access to relevant and quality mental health support.
We transform lives by promoting wellness and peer support, and through the LiveWell Program, a peer-led, community-based, psychoeducational program that is strategically designed to reduce symptoms and relapses of depression, and to increase wellbeing.
FREE & Effective Depression Support
....one community at a time!
"The LiveWell Foundation's work is very important, and should make a real impact on [the treatment of] chronic depression."
---Dr. Aaron T. Beck, the father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Creating A Sustainable Solution
Towards Mental Health Equity
Every year, approximately one out of five American adults will experience at least one major depressive episode.
Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., with depression’s annual toll on U.S. businesses amounting to about $80 billion per year.
Over 70% of people suffering cannot afford or access the support they desperately want and need.
Untreated depression is devastating the lives of individuals, their families, and our communties. Untreated depression is also the leading cause of suicide; and another American dies by suicide every 12.4 minutes.
Local LiveWell depression support groups - led by volunteer peers in the community - are always free and easy to access: you just walk in!
No health insurance or referral needed. **Peer-led interventions are not only a cost effective way to reach a wide and diverse population, but research shows they are also as effective as psychotherapy for the longterm treatment of depression.
to help themselves
What sets LiveWell apart?
We offer daily depression support, because we know that recovery and staying well requires ongoing support from our peers and community.
*No diagnosis, insurance, or referral is required to access our community-based support!
Our volunteer peer facilitators are trained to specifically lead LiveWell support groups - and these community professionals with lived experience of depression and recovery proudly represent the diversity of our city/nation.
Psychoeducation and behavioral health at its most innovative and effective, the LiveWell Program is designed to teach people the skills they need to better monitor and manage their own moods.
In fact, the evidence-based practice of Guided Self-Care is shown to actually determine the effectiveness of other treatments (e.g.,therapy & medications), and to reduce relapses.
Who We Are
Meet our unique, integrated team of peers and professionals
Because of countless volunteer hours from a dedicated group of both professionals with lived experience and mental health providers -- as well as donated neighborhood spaces from our generous community partners -- the LiveWell Foundation is able to offer its local support groups at no cost to the community!
Stefanie Glick, MA, CPS
Creator, LiveWell Program©
Social entrepreneur. Program Design Expert. Writer. Certified Peer Specialist. Drawing on a diverse professional career that spans over 25 years, as well as her personal experience of living well with depression, Stefanie co-founded and currently leads the LiveWell Foundation. Read more
Emily Goldmann, PhD, MPH
Program Consultant (Evaluation)
An epidemiologist with a passion for understanding the causes and consequences of mental illness, Emily is currently Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health. Read more
Michael S. Weinstein, MD, MBE, MPH
Co-creator, LiveWell Physicians©
In order to help alleviate stigma and support a nationwide discussion regarding physician well-being, in 2018 Michael decided to publicly share his own story of depression and suicidal ideation in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more
Social Media Coordinator
With an emphasis on educating and inspiring users across various platforms, Hannah plans, implements, and monitors LWF's Social Media strategy.
Director of Education
Clancy has taught and mentored at the university and high school level with a continued commitment to the arts, diversity, and leaderships skills. Combining his curriculum design and lived experience, he is the co-creator of LiveWell HighSchool©
The heart and soul of the LiveWell Program...
With lived experience of depression and resilience, the diverse group of trained peers who volunteer to lead LiveWell support groups have one thing in common: a dedication to empowering all people in their community to live well with depression.
By the community. For the community.
Our volunteer peer facilitators
Amy is an MSW and educator who is passionate about using mindfulness practices for good mental health.
Clancy is an educator and visual artist whose work has been exhibited across the U.S.
Daniel is a professor of Humanities at a local university.
Eileen has experience as a fundraiser and consultant.
ElReco is a radio producer, a visual artist, and trained by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) as a Peer Speaker.
Erica is a Dean at a local middle school and a poet.
Isaac is a figure skater and coach.
Originally from Rochester, New York, J. has experience in teaching, peer counseling, and community volunteer work.
Kat not only contributes to the mental wellbeing of her community, but also works for AIDS awareness.
Michael is a physician and mental health advocate.
Mu is a teacher of youth of all ages, and daily runs more miles than we can count.
Petra is an attorney who often contributes new and creative ideas to the LiveWell Program.
Lead Peer Facilitator, and Facilitator Trainer. Basically, we can't do what we do without him!
Teddy is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), a photographer, and a student of social work.
Zain is a poet and musician who is dedicated to helping reduce mental health stigma in inner-city neighborhoods.
Our Board of Trustees
LWF's Board of Directors provides governance, and advocates for LWF's important work and mission.
Our community partners share our mission of reducing the impact depression has on our communities by generously donating neighborhood meeting spaces for weekly LiveWell support groups.
Our Community Partners
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
The LiveWell Foundation does not provide emergency services.