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"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."

"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."

The LiveWell Program®

for the treatment and prevention of depression

"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
Therapies

LiveWell was founded, and continues to thrive, on the basic principle that people with depression can live healthier lives when they are supported by a caring community of peers, and when they can learn effective coping skills for directing their own healing journeys and celebrating their resilience.

Utilizing this powerful combination of Peer Support and educational-based Guided Self-Care, we’re spearheading the way evidence-based depression services are delivered in this country - and helping countless people of all ages and backgrounds with depression to transform the lives and live well.

The LiveWell Program®

Leveraging Social Networks to Promote Widespread Individual Behavior Change

The LiveWell Program® is a GUIDED SELF-CARE behavioral health program strategically designed to empower people with depression to take longterm control of their own mental health. Our unique curriculum-based program teaches people the skills they need to reduce their own symptoms and relapses of depression, and to live more meaningful, connected, and productive lives.

Because depression results from various 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 aspects of evidence-based therapies with wisdom gained from diverse peers with lived experience of depression and resilience into a one-of-a-kind holistic, psychosocial educational program. 

 

LiveWell support groups are organized around the LiveWell Strategies; and personal change is effected through social support, challenging thinking patterns, guided discussion prompts, behavioral activation and modeling, stigmatization and shame reduction, positive reinforcement, and mental health advocacy.

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A holistic psychosocial educational model designed to meet the needs of a diverse population

LiveWell Programs: At A Glance

To better serve our diverse community, we continue to create new research-based versions of the skill-based, LiveWell curriculum.  Our current peer-led support groups include:

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Ages 19+  for Depression

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For Spanish Speaking Adults

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Ages 19+ for Depression

& Addiction

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Ages 14-18 for Depression & Anxiety

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Ages 65+ for Depression

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For Physician Mental Health

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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."

- Ryan (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)
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Research

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.

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