Research shows that peer-led interventions are as effective as psychotherapy for the longterm treatment of depression. And in an anonymous online survey, 95% of LiveWell participants agreed:
"LiveWell has contributed to me feeling more hopeful about my own depression recovery, and/or about extending my periods of feeling well."
With an emphasis on skill learning, challenging thinking patterns, social interaction, and social activism, LiveWell's experiential (or activity-based) support groups rotate around the LiveWell Strategies: ten evidence-based strategies that are each proven to help reduce symptoms or relapses of depression, and to increase wellbeing.
Our confidential support groups -- led by trained peer facilitators (diverse professionals in your community with lived experience of depression and recovery) -- are always free and open-to-the-public: no diagnosis, referral, or insurance required, and walk-ins welcome!
GUIDED SELF-CARE IS EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE!
We know that the symptoms of depression itself (such as lethargy, apathy, feelings of helplessness or hoplessness) can sabotage even our best efforts of self-care. Therefore, our experiential or activity-based program helps ensure that people can, and actually will, do the things they need to do to feel better.
For example, all LiveWell support groups follow the same format:
A brief introduction to the program, peers, and weekly topic (e.g., one of the LiveWell Strategies)
A topic or strategy-related activity
Group reflection/discussion, including how lessons learned from the activity can be applied to better monitor and manage one's own moods
BRINGING TOGETHER VARIOUS EVIDENCE-BASED STRATEGIES INTO ONE INTEGRATED PACKAGE
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
to 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, and 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.
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.