One out of five American adults will experience at least one major episode of depression this year.

 

Major depression is associated with greater functional impairment and higher societal costs than any other chronic health problem. 

Another American dies by suicide every 12 minutes.

Depression is the leading cause of disability; and its burden on the U.S. economy is estimated at 210 billion dollars per year.

70% of people can't access or afford the depression support they desperately want and need. 

 

We're on a mission

to change that!

 

Leading A New Century of Depression Treatment

 

Peer-led behavioral health and psychoeducation at its most innovative, relevant, effective, and sustainble

OUR MISSION:  Dedicated to reducing the impact that depression has on our society, the LiveWell Foundation works to ensure all people have equal access to free and effective peer-led depression support.

With a vision of mental health equity, our nonprofit works to:

  • Increase  access to depression support for a wide and diverse population in need through no-cost and high-quality peer-support 

 

  • Advance prevention, treatment, and recovery services for the evidence-based intervention of peer support for depression

 

  • Transform lives through the LiveWell Program©: a one-of-a-kind, Guided Self-Care curriculum that is strategically designed to empower people to take control of their own depression treatment and ongoing mental health care

  • Advocate for peer-led interventions to become a routine part of depression treatment

  • Reduce the stigma of depression (and its related mental health issues) by creating opportunties for people with lived experience of recovery and living well to share their stories with the public

"The LiveWell Foundation's work is very important, and should make a real impact on [the treatment of] chronic depression."

 -- Dr. Aaron T. Beck, MD, 

the father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

 

What Sets LiveWell Apart?

Accessibility & consistency of care

 

Google 'free depression support' in your community, and you'll find it rarely exists!  But LiveWell is:

  • FREE and open to the public

  • Daily effective support

(either local or online), because we know people want and need it

Quality of care
Endorsed by world-renowned experts and peers from diverse backgrounds across the country, LiveWell is strategically designed to educate, empower, and inspire people to take control of their own depression treatment and ongoing mental health care.  
Our curriculum-based, skill-building program

The LiveWell Program© stands apart as a curriculum-based wellness program strategically designed to teach people the skills they need to reduce their own symptoms and relapses of depression, and to increase wellbeing.

Evidence-based treatment
Research shows peer support performs better than psycho- therapy for depression recovery; and that Guided Self-Care (e.g., the LiveWell Program) will actually determine the effectiveness of other treatment options, such as therapy and medication. 
Our Peer Training program
 

All volunteer LiveWell support group peer facilitators participate in a rigorous training and mentorship program, including diversity and inclusion training.

BY peers, FOR peers

Livewell was created by a program design expert with her own experience of depression, recovery, and living well. And participating peers continue to offer input as the program evolves and expands. That's a lot of collective wisdom!

 

Meet the LiveWell Team

Dedicated to mental health equity

Livewell Volunteer Peers: a new kind of community leader 

Trained to facilitate LiveWell support groups in their own communities and online, this dedicated group of volunteers from diverse backgrounds and professions with lived experience of depression, recovery, and living well are the heart and soul of LiveWell! 

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AMY

Amy is an MSW and educator who is passionate about using mindfulness practices for good mental health.

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EILEEN

Eileen has experience as both a fundraiser and consultant.

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J (Jerome)

Originally from Rochester, New York, J. has experience in teaching, peer couns-eling, and community volunteer work. 

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MICHAEL

Michael is a surgeon and a mental health advocate for physicians and all people aiming to live more balanced and healthy lives.

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TEDDY

Teddy is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), a photographer, and a student of social work. 

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BEN

Ben incorporates his experience as a freelance journalist and passion for philosophy into his group facilitation style.

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ELRECO

ElReco is a radio producer, a visual artist, and trained by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) as a Peer Speaker.

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PETRA

Petra is an attorney who also serves on the LiveWell Foundation's Board of Directors.

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MUDHILLIN

Mu is a teacher of youth of all ages, and daily runs more miles than we can count.

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SAJI

Saji is a faciliator at the local LiveWell mindfulness groups.

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CLANCY

Clancy is an educator and visual artist whose work has been shown across the United States.

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ERICA

Erica is a Dean at a local middle school and a poet.

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KATHERINE

Kat not only contributes to the mental wellbeing of her community, but also works for AIDS awareness.

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RENEE

Renée is a practicing physician. She is dedicated to creating and supporting communities in Philadelphia.

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TOM

Tom helps to lead the weekly group in West Philadelphia.

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DANIEL

Daniel is a professor of Humanities at a local university.

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ISAAC

Isaac is a coach and figure skater who performs internationally.

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KARINA

Curriculum Writer

 

Advisor: PR & Inclusion 

 

Karina recently completed a Masters of Social Work.

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SHAUN

 Peer Trainer 

 

Shaun brings his experience in hospitality to the role of Peer Trainer and Mentor.

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ZAIN

Zain is a poet and a musician who believes in "giving back" to his own community.

Our creative & administrative team

STEFANIE

GLICK

 

Founding Executive Director

Creator: LiveWell Program©

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MICHAEL WEINSTEIN

 

Co-Creator, LiveWell Clincians©

and Peer Coach

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ALI VOLPE

 

Community Outreach Coordinator

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CLARENCE PHILBRICK

Director of Education

Co-Creator, LiveWell Schools©

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LiveWell Foundation Board of Directors

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MARCY ROGOVIN, ESQ.

PRESIDENT

 

ATTORNEY, PROFESSOR (RETIRED)

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BARBARA SILVER, ESQ.

VICE PRESIDENT

ASTOR WEISS KAPLAN & MANDEL, LLP

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JODI DISCUILLO, CPA

TREASURER

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CLARENCE PHILBRICK

SECRETARY

 

EDUCATOR, VISUAL ARTIST

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PETRA BROWN, ESQ.

ATTORNEY, OPTIMUM

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KARYN FEIT, MSW, LCSW

 

POSITIVE CHANGE FOR TEENS & FAMILIES, LLC

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JOANNE KLEIN

 

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE

Joyce Norden

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BUNNY GLICK

CO-FOUNDER, LIVEWELL FOUNDATION

 

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PAULA LAMBERT, DSW, LCSW

LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER

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JOYCE NORDEN

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ELRECO RAMON

ARTIST, RADIO PRODUCER

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CRYSTAL SHAH

CONSULTANT

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ALI VOLPE, MSED, LPC, NCC

LILY DEVELOPMENT

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MICHAEL WEINSTEIN, MD, MBE, MPH

 

PHYSICIAN

LiveWell

Foundation

contact@livewell-foundation.org

267.530.3739

PA EIN: 81-4711726

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. 

 

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