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The LiveWell Program®

All support groups are not created equal
 
Program Overview: Guided Self-Care
Psychosocial education for a wide and diverse population

The LiveWell Program® is a one-of-a-kind behavioral health curriculum 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 integrated 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

We continue to create new research-based versions of the original, skill-based, psychosocial LiveWell curriculum to better serve our peers, such as: 

LiveWell Teens 

LiveWell Seniors

LiveWell Physicians

LiveWell Recovery

(for co-occurring depression and substance use disorders)
 

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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 - an international community of supportive peers with shared experience of depression and recovery who are dedicated to helping each other live well. ​

 
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Endorsed by
leading mental health experts, and your peers

"The LiveWell Program has helped so many individuals with their persistent depression and anxiety. I would certainly refer my patients to attend LiveWell support groups."

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

"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 
Peer, Champaign, IL
 

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

- Shira
Peer, Philadelphia, PA
 
 
Informing the The LiveWell Program® 
Research Articles and Publications

American journal of community psychology

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

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?

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

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.

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