All groups are FREE & CONFIDENTIAL.
No insurance, diagnosis, referral, or registration required.
COVID-19: In reponse to the pandemic, we moved our local groups online; and now people are joining us for support from across the country! In order to meet the demand for more weekly groups, we're busy working hard to expand our virtual program. Please check back soon...
We do not provide emergency mental health treatment. If you are in crisis, please call the National Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255, text TALK to 741741, or go to your nearest emergency room.
Easy access via zoom link:
Easy access via zoom link:
All 75-minute support groups will open about five minutes prior to the start time, and follow the same format: a brief introduction, a topic or strategy-related discussion, and a group reflection.
BEFORE LOGGING ON: To see if a LiveWell group is right for you, please read our FAQ's below.
ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP SCHEDULE
COVID-19 SCHEDULE: We are working hard to add more weekly groups. Please check back soon!
The LiveWell Program© is designed to educate, inspire, and empower YOU to take control of your own depression treatment and ongoing mental health care.
Our program design (backed by science!)
With an emphasis on skill learning, challenging thinking patterns, social interaction, and social activism, our one-of-a-kind, curriculum-based behavioral health program rotates around the LiveWell Strategies: ten evidence-based wellness strategies that are each proven to help reduce symptoms and relapses of depression, and to increase wellbeing.
Scientific research shows that peer-led interventions are not only as effective as psychotherapy for the treatment of depression (preventing relapses and hospitalization), but peer support actually scores better in the recovery process itself. In particular, peer support tends to offer greater levels of self‐efficacy, empowerment, and engagement. Evidence also shows that Guided Self-Care (e.g., the LiveWell Program) will actually determine the effectiveness of other depression treatments, such as therapy and medication.
Our peer-led supportive community
Our confidential support groups are led by trained, volunteer peer facilitators: people from diverse backgrounds and professions with lived experience of depression, recovery, and living well. We get it: because we've been there; we've come through it; and we know what we have to do stay well.
What is LiveWell?
BY the people, FOR the people.
LiveWell Support Group FAQ's
How do I know if LiveWell is right for ME?
A LiveWell support group is right for you if you are 19+ and can identify with any of the below:
Experience mild to serious depression
Experience persistent and/or recurring bouts of depression
Have a tendency to socially withdrawal or isolate
Experience co-occurring issues of depression, such as anxiety or substance use
Find it uncomfortable or have a difficult time talking about depression
Try to hide depression from others
You're feeling well, but value the ongoing support of others for reducing relapses of depression
When a LiveWell group may NOT be right for you:
We do not provide emergency mental health support. If you are in crisis, or afraid of harming yourself (or others), please call the Suicide Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text 'TALK' to 741741, or go to the nearest emergency room.
Do I have to register or sign up?
No. LiveWell support groups are always open to the public: no insurance, diagnosis, or referral is needed.
Community groups: just walk in. Online groups: simply connect via zoom link (see schedule above).
Are the groups really free?
Yes. (We're a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, so donations are always appreciated.)
Can I attend different groups on different days?
Yes. We know that many people want and need daily support from their peers and community.
Won't it be depressing to go to a depression support group?
No. In fact, people are often surprised to discover how positive and even uplifting the LiveWell groups can be!
Do I have to talk to people?
No one is ever required to speak, nor will they be prompted to do so. But we always offer a safe, friendly, and supportive environment.
How is confidentiality ensured?
All peers are introduced on a first-name-only basis; and commit to our group promise of confidentiality.
TALK TO SOMEONE
Strengthen your communication skills, talk about mental health,
and ask for support to help yourself and benefit others.
PRACTICE WORKING WITH YOUR MIND
Make mindfulness a part of your daily self-care by bringing your awareness t
o the present moment, resisting judgment and developing curiosity
about all passing thoughts and feelings.
EMPHASIZE WHAT’S RIGHT WITH YOU
Focus on your strengths, treat yourself compassionately,
learn to disrupt negative thinking patterns. Recognize that
your thoughts and moods do not define you.
CHALLENGE THE STIGMA OF DEPRESSION
Explore how your culture’s beliefs about mental health affect
the way you think and feel. Share your unique story as way
to empower yourself and inspire others.
Learn about depression and its related health issues,
and be open to all available treatment options.
Get out of your head into your life by engaging in activities and lifestyle choices
that further your personal goals, support your mental health, and bring you joy.
LIVE WITH A PURPOSE
Contribute time and energy to things that are meaningful to you,
and dedicate yourself to the mental wellbeing of your peers and community.
Avoid isolating by creating ongoing opportunities to connect
with supportive friends, family and LiveWell peers.
ANTICIPATE AND PLAN
Identify your stress and depression triggers and
warning signs, and utilize your creative problem solving skills,
Action Plan, or Crisis Plan.
DO WHAT YOU CAN, WHEN YOU CAN
Accept the ups-and-downs of managing your moods.
Go at your own pace. Trust yourself through your
unique process of change and personal growth.
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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.