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 their own symptoms and relapses of depression, but also to live more meaningful, connected, and productive lives.
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 peers with lived experience of depression and resilience 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.
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:
(for co-occurring depression and substance use disorders)
***LiveWell in Spanish is in development. Stay tuned!
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.
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.
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)
Informing the LiveWell Program®
Research Articles and Publications
Expanding services for patients with treatment resistant depression: the role of peer support (Chapter 14)
Social interventions: An effective approach to reduce adult depression?
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
CBT guided self-help compares favourably to gold standard therapist-administered CBT and shows unique benefits over traditional treatment
An update on the growing evidence base for peer support
The theories, mechanisms, benefits, and practical delivery of psychosocial educational interventions for people with mental health disorders
Developing the evidence base for peer-led services: Changes among participants following wellness recovery action planning (WRAP) education in two statewide initiatives.