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

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.

STAY CONNECTED: Avoid isolating by creating ongoing opportunities to connect with supportive friends, family and LiveWell peers.

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.

ANTICIPATE AND PLAN:  Identify your stress and depression triggers and warning signs, and utilize your creative problem solving skills,

Action Plan, or Crisis Plan.

TALK TO SOMEONE: Strengthen your communication skills, talk about mental health, and ask for support to help yourself and benefit others.

TRIGGERS are anything that is likely to increase stress or tip you off emotional balance.  Commom triggers include people, places, and specific thoughts.  Knowing your personal triggers -- and being prepared to deal with them as they arise -- can help to both lessen their impact and prevent a downward spiral.

Take a moment to consider a common trigger that applies to each category below, from things you find things that have historically almost always posed a threat to your mood.  Consider situations (people, places) and your own thoughts and behaviors.


Ways to put the strategy into action (Behaviors, thoughts) 




Who will you tell or ask for support?

And why?

A trigger (or current situation) that often makes me feel ANNOYED is _____________

A trigger (or current situation) that often increases my STRESS is _____________

A trigger (or current situation) that typically activates strong or challenging EMOTIONS in me is ___________

A situation, thought or behavior that historically has almost always triggered DEPRESSION

for me is  ______________


#1 ANTICIPATE  (Know yourself!)


#2 HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE  (because stress/emotions can interfere with judgment]




#2 TAKE ACTION  (keep it simple and doable!)

Behaviors or shifts in attitude that will help:





Behaviors or shifts in attitude that will help:





Who I will contact. And why...





STAY CONNECTED: Avoid isolating by creating ongoing opportunities to connect with supportive friends, family and LiveWell peers.

This strategy is very specific - it encourages us to not just stay connected, but to stay connected to supportive people.  

 How do you decide if a connection in your life actually supports, or is good for, your mental health?  How do you know? 

For instance, is it what they do/don’t do?  What they say/don’t say?

Or how they make you you feel/not feel? 

A peer tells you this story: "I have a good friend who wants to support me when I am struggling. But she often says things that feel unsupportive.  I know she  really cares...but I just don't think she understands depression. I don't want to disconnect from her, but I'm not sure what to do."  

What might you say to support your peer? 



What connections in your life currently support you or benefit your mental health recovery or ongoing self-care?  And why or how?


How would you say that your connection with LiveWell peers personally supports or benefits your ongoing mental health self-care?


GET EDUCATED: Learn about depression and its related health issues, and be open to all available treatment options.

1. It seems much of life is online right now, including available treatment options. Share any thoughts, feelings or other reactions to the below cartoons. (Consider how they might relate to your own depression treatment or mental health self care.) 

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.

2.  There are of course different kinds of depression treatment (e.g., online therapy, support groups, medication, etc.).  How do you make the decision to seek -- or not seek -- a specific kind of support?  And why?

      OR... How or from where have you formed your opinion or belief about a particular                     treatment option (e.g., online support)?  And is it serving your wellbeing?