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The LiveWell Program®

for the treatment and prevention of depression

...because all support groups are not created equal!

 "The LiveWell Program has helped so many people deal with their chronic depression and  anxiety.  I would certainly refer my patients to attend the LiveWell groups."  

     -Dr. Aaron T. Beck , founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

 

Program Overview: Guided Self-Care

Putting the power of evidence-based strategies directly into the hands of individuals and communities through accessible and adaptable psychosocial education  

The LiveWell Program® is a one-of-a-kind behavioral health Guided Self-Care curriculum for people living with depression.  It is strategically designed to teach people the skills they need to not only reduce symptoms and relapses of depression, but also to live a more meaningful, connected, and productive life.

 

Because depression results from diverse factors and symptoms can affect every aspect of life, we know that treatment cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. So we've combined wisdom gained from people with lived experience of depression and resilience (peers) with aspects of various evidence-based therapies and other effective interventions into a holistic, psychosocial educational program that centers around the  LiveWell Strategies - ten wellness strategies that empower people to take control of their own depression treatment and ongoing mental health self-care.  

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Meeting Diverse Needs
Because Depression Affects Us All

To better serve our peers, we continue to create new research-based versions of the original, skill-based, LiveWell curriculum for adults, such as: 

LiveWell Teens 

LiveWell Seniors

LiveWell Recovery

(for co-occurring depression and substance use disorders)

LiveWell Physicians
 

***LiveWell in Spanish is in development. Stay tuned!

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Trusted Research
Guided Self-Care & Peer Support

Research shows that Guided Self-Care performs as well as psychotherapy for the treatment of depression, and will actually determine the benefit of other treatment options, such as therapy and medication. And peer-led interventions score better than psychotherapy for depression recovery, offering greater levels of self-efficacy, empowerment, and engagement.  Link to relevant articles.

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Community Support
Strength-Based Empowerment

Because social isolation - and/or silence and secrecy - will always make depression worse, we know that treatment and care must happen in community.  And that's what we are - a community of supportive peers with shared experience of depression and resilience who are dedicated to helping each other live well. ​

Virtual Groups

Philadelphia Neighborhood Groups

What people are saying about LiveWell...

"LiveWell has given me tools to improve not just my depression. I can honestly say it has changed my whole life."

- Shira (Philadelphia, PA)

"I didn’t expect a depression support group to have such a positive vibe. I like how we focus on solutions rather than problems. It has helped me a lot."

- Rick (Miami, FL)

"LiveWell literally saved me in a really dark time. The skills I learned, and the people I have met, are now helping me to not go back there [to the dark depression].

- Helen (Dublin, Ireland)
 
LiveWell Strategies© 
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Informing the LiveWell Program® 
Research Articles and Publications

Treatment Resistant Depression

Expanding services for patients with treatment resistant depression: the role of peer support (Chapter 14)

Journal of Affective Disorders

Social interventions: An effective approach to reduce adult depression?

American journal of community psychology

Meta-analysis of the effects of peer-administered psychosocial interventions on symptoms of depression 

Psychological Medicine (Cambridge University Press 2010) 

Is guided self-help as effective as face-to-face psychotherapy for depression and anxiety disorders? A systematic review and meta-analysis of comparative outcome studies ​

Behaviour Change

CBT guided self-help compares favourably to gold standard therapist-administered CBT and shows unique benefits over traditional treatment

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

An update on the growing evidence base for peer support

The International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation

The theories, mechanisms, benefits, and practical delivery of psychosocial educational interventions for people with mental health disorders

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

Developing the evidence base for peer-led services: Changes among participants following wellness recovery action planning (WRAP) education in two statewide initiatives.