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LiveWell Foundation

About Us

 

Our Vision

We believe all people deserve equal access to the support they need to live well with depression.

Our Mission

We empower people with depression to transform their own lives

through free and effective peer support and skill-based education.

Dedicated to mental health equity, 
our peer-led, community-based behavioral health organization aims to:

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Increase Access to Depression Support for a Wide & Diverse Population

Our online and community-based educational support groups - led by trained volunteer peers - are always free and open to the public: no insurance, referral or diagnosis required.

 

The LiveWell Program® model is a sustainable solution for widespread availability of  effective depression treatment and prevention for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

 

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Foster Healthy Lives Through Education & Self-Empowerment
 

The LiveWell Program® is a Guided Self-Care behavioral health curriculum that integrates aspects of evidence- based therapies and wellness strategies with the wisdom of people with lived experience of depression and resilience.

 

It is strategically designed to teach people the skills they need to reduce their own symptoms and relapses of depression, and to improve wellbeing. 

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Advance Clinical & Cultural Change for Depression Treatment

Although peer support is  proven to be more effective than psychotherapy for the depression recovery process, treatment still primarily focuses on a single-person approach.  We advocate for the evidence-based practice of peer-led support and education to become a routine part of depression services.

 

Empowering peers to teach others the skills they need to live well, our communal approach to prevention, treatment, and recovery services helps to create a more equitable society.

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Challenge the Stigma of Depression

 

Mental health stigma still prevents millions of people from getting the support they need; and untreated depress-ion (and its common co-ocurring mental health issues) is devastating individuals, families, and our communities.

 

We fight stigma by stimulating public dialogue about depression and its related issues, and by creating opportunities for people with depression to share their unique stories of resilience and living well.

Our Current Programs

LiveWell for Adults, LiveWell Recovery (for adults with co-occurring depression and substance use), LiveWell Teens, LiveWell Seniors, and LiveWell Physicians.

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Depression is the most common mental health issue in the U.S, and is associated with greater functional impairment and higher societal costs than any other chronic health problem. Although depression is treatable, more than 70% of people affected by it cannot access or afford the support they desperately want and need.

We're on a mission to change that! 

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, Founder of CBT
"The LiveWell Foundation's work is having a huge impact on the treatment of chronic depression." 
- Dr. Aaron T. Beck
Founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Our Program at a Glance

95%

of Participant's agree

"LiveWell taught me skills I need to better manage my mood and depression symptoms." *

*Based on an anonymous online survey of 50 participants (2019).

9,500+
Adults, teens, and seniors from around the world who joined our virtual support groups in 2021 

 

We went online in 2020 in response to COVID-19

Voted Philly's Best Place

to Heal

(2020)

Philadelphia Magazine