Empowering people to help themselves. With an emphasis on skill learning, challenging thinking patterns, social interaction, and social activism, LiveWell's curriculum-based support groups rotate around the LiveWell Strategies: ten evidence-based wellness strategies that are each proven to help reduce symptoms or relapses of depression, and to increase wellbeing. (read more)
A supportive community. Our confidential support groups are led by trained, volunteer peer facilitators: people from diverse backgrounds and professions with lived experience of depression and/or anxiety, recovery, and living well.
All groups are free and open-to-the-public: no diagnosis, referral, or insurance required. Community groups: walk-ins welcome. Online groups: easy access (see link below).
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ALL PHILADELPHIA GROUPS ARE 'ON HOLD'
JOIN A SUPPORT GROUP ONLINE - FROM ANYWHERE! (see below)
ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS
Easy access - from anywhere!
PLEASE READ BEFORE CONNECTING
Although each group is led by a trained facilitator, all LiveWell meetings function as peer-to-peer support groups. We do not provide professional counseling or emergency mental health treatment. If you are in crisis, please call the National Lifeline at 1.800.273.825, text TALK to 741741, or go to your nearest emergency room.
The meeting (via ZOOM links above) will open about 5 minutes prior to start time. Please be sure you are in a private location where you will not be interrupted.
For confidentiality, sign in to the group with your FIRST NAME ONLY. Recording or taking pictures is strictly prohibited.
Once signed in, have your VIDEO ON and AUDIO OFF/MUTED. (Although no one is required to speak, we highly encourage all participants use video, because it helps us all to feel more connected.)
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
Find it uncomfortable or have a difficult time talking about depression
Try to hide depression from others (because of shame and/or fear of discrimination)
Have a tendency to socially withdrawal or isolate
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:
If you are experiencing a serious bout of clinical depression, it is important that you seek the help of a qualified mental health professional in your area.
If you are afraid of harming yourself (or others), please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. We do not provide emergency mental health support.
Do I have to register or sign up?
No. LiveWell support groups are always open to the public, and walk-ins are welcome.
Online groups: No need to sign up; just connect to meeting via zoom link (see above)
Are the groups really free?
Yes. (We're a volunteer-run organization, so donations to our nonprofit 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.
What happens at a group meeting?
All LiveWell support groups follow the same format:
A topic or strategy-related activity (Online groups: a topic or strategy-related group discussion)
Group reflection, including how you can apply lessons learned from the activity or discussion to better monitor and manage your own moods.
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.
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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.