OUR IMPACT: 2019 AT A GLANCE
“If it weren't for LiveWell, I don't think I would even been here [survived my suicidal ideation] to give this endorsement today." -- Robert, 34-year-old Philly support group attendee
INVESTED IN THE LIVEWELL FOUNDATION MISSION
Mental health equity: Individual donors, small businesses, and foundations invested in our mission of mental health accessibility - and of decreasing the devastating impact that untreated depression is having on individuals, their families, and our communities.
HOURS OF FREE
AND QUALITY PSYCHOEDUCATION DELIVERED
A volunteer-run program: Behavioral health at its most innovative and effective, the LiveWell Program© curriculum --lead by trained volunteer peer facilitators -- is strategically designed to give people the skills they need to reduce symptoms and relapses of depression, and to increase wellbeing.
SEATS FILLED AT OUR LOCAL DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUPS
Self-empowerment, peer support, and hope: Referred by local mental health professionals and institutions, word-of-mouth, and online searches, adults from diverse backgrounds repeatedly filled the seats at our FREE and open-to-the-public weekly support groups in various neighborhoods.
And We're Expanding!
New, no-cost community programs were launched, and others are in development:
LiveWell Mindfulness is a current weekly community meditation practice that focuses on decreasing depression and anxiety and increasing wellbeing.
LiveWell Physicians presently offers one-to-one peer wellness coaching (for physicians, by physicians)
Live Well Schools -- a mental wellbeing and depression prevention psychoeducational curriculum for teens -- will be piloted in Philadelphia-area high schools, February 2020. Thanks to a generous grant from Children Can Shape the Future: investing in innovative education.
Read more about our new programs and community partnerships!
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO: Every year, one out of five American adults will experience at least one major depressive episode. Yet over 70% of them cannot access or afford the treatment and support they desperately want and need.
Major depression is associated with greater functional impairment and higher societal costs than any other chronic health problem. Depression and suicidality are linked to unemployment, poverty, homelessness, interpersonal problems, family instability, substance use, a wide range of chronic physical llnesses, and an inability to access health care. Depression’s annual toll on the U.S. economy is estimated at $210 billion each year; and another American dies by suicide every 12 minutes.
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, because poverty and unemployment are linked to high levels of severe depression and suicidality, Philadelphia -- the U.S. city with the highest rate of deep poverty -- is being hit especially hard by this national public health crisis.
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.