LiveWell support groups rotate around the LiveWell Strategies -- ten principles, which, if practiced as a way of life, are each proven to help people better monitor and manage their own moods, reduce depression symptoms and relapses, and/or increase wellbeing.

LiveWell Strategies© 

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.

 

GET EDUCATED

Learn about depression and its related health issues,

and be open to all available treatment options. 

TAKE ACTION

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.

STAY CONNECTED

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.

 

'Mobilizing the Immobile'

We know that the symptoms of depression itself (such as lethargy, apathy, feelings of helplessness, etc.) can sabotage even our best efforts of self-care.  Therefore, our experiential or activity-based program helps ensure that people can, and actually willdo the things they need to do to feel better.

For example, all of the peer-led 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)

 

Research shows that peer-led interventions are as effective as face-to-face psychotherapy for the longterm treatment of depression; and that guided self-care will actually determine the effectiveness of other treatments, e.g., therapy and medication.

Our unique experiential-learning curriculum

You can feel better and #livewell

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. 

 

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