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Summertime Depression Self-Care Tips

 

Anticipate & Plan

       What mental health self-care must you stick with and/or add for the summer months?

Sleep!

       Shorter nights might keep you up later than usual. Commit to getting adequate rest.

Keep up with Excercise

        But keep cool.  Consider joining a gym for just the summer months.

Don't Overdo Excericse/Dieting

        Set realistic fitness goals and eat sensibly.  (Avoid setting yourself up for "failure" feelings.) 

Don't Overdo Socializing

         It's crucial to stay connected.  But avoid overdrinking, overeating, pressure to say yes, etc.

Self-Awareness

         Take time to reflect on what's getting you down. (Especially if it happens every summer.)

Plan Your vacation carefully

         Forget obligations.  What need are you trying to fill (e.g., relaxation, adventure, quiet, etc.)?

Avoid comparing yourself to others

         And remember, people ONLY post their (seemingly) happy times on social media!

Educate Yourself

         Knowledge is power.  Research causes and treatments from your air-conditioned home.

Peer Support

         Peers have wisdom and effective coping strategies to share. Join a FREE group at LiveWell.

Therapy

         TalkSpace offers affordable therapy online or visit Psychology Today's website to start.

Medication

         Talk to your doctor or health care provider about your low mood.

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Join a FREE LiveWell depression support at:  
www.livewell-foundation.org

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DEPRESSION

Surround yourself with strength and wisdom in a LiveWell group

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 TEENS 

Peer support + mental health

self-care = living well (ages 14-18)

Welcome to the LiveWell Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of empowering all people with depression to transform their own lives through free and effective peer support and skill-based education. 


 

Welcome to the LiveWell Foundation, where we believe all people deserve equal access to the support they need to live well with depression.

Whether you join a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL LiveWell support group online or in your own neighborhood, you'll learn strategies and develop relationships 

for reducing symptoms and relapses of depression, as well as for transforming your own life. And you'll find a diverse community of peers to support and inspire you on your unique wellness journey.

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 WISDOM 

Applying wisdom from philosophers, poets & more to depression recovery

 RECOVERY 

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RECOVERY

Managing depression and substance use for longterm recovery & living well

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 SENIORS 

Learning to manage depression

with supportive peers (ages 60+)

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 PHYSICIANS 

Confidential peer support for physician mental health & living well

All support groups are not created equal.

Learn new skills to transform your own life.  We've combined evidence-based wellness strategies with aspects of effective therapies into a one-of-a-kind holistic program. Our guided support groups are strategically designed to teach you the skills you need to reduce symptoms and relapses of depression (and its co-occurring issues), and to increase feelings of wellbeing. 

 

Surround yourself with strength.  And we're here to support you as you discover your unique path to wellness. All groups are led by trained, volunteer peer facilitators: people from diverse backgrounds and professions with lived experience of depression, recovery, and living well.

Trust the science.  Research shows that peer-led interventions score better than psychotherapy for depression recovery, offering greater levels of self‐efficacy, empowerment, and engagement. That's good news for all of us.

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WEDNESDAYS 12PM (EST) 

MONDAYS 12PM (EST) 

Applying wisdom from philosophers, poets,

and a wide range of other sources to managing our moods and mental health self-care.

LiveWell Seniors (60+)

Get peer support and learn new skills

for managing depression and living well.

Led by senior peer facilitators. 

FREE ONLINE at:  www.livewell-foundation.org

Did you know?  Research shows...

  • Peer-led interventions score better than psychotherapy for depression recovery, offering greater levels of self‐efficacy, empowerment, and engagement.  

 

  • Peer support is proven to be a cost-effective way to reach a wide and diverse population in need. 

 

  • African-Americans are more likely to trust support from a peer than a mental health professional.

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THURSDAYS AT 7:00PM (EST) 

Recovery

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Managing depression & substance use ... and living well

A peer-led support group

Always FREE - via zoom

Join us online at: www.livewell-foundation.org

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Peer Facilitator Training

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Help us make a difference!

Two-part volunteer peer training for online groups, via zoom:  

Sat. July 17th 12-3:30PM & Sat. July 24th 12-4PM (EST)

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PHILLY (In-person)

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TEENS

A safe space for talking about mental health & for learning new skills (14-18)

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ONLINE (All)

Supportive. Educational. Inspirational. You can feel better & live well!

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SENIORS

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RECOVERY

Managing depression & substance use for longterm recovery and living well

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PHYSICIANS

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Our mission & work

 Volunteers for mental health equity

thru peer/community empowerment

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Community partners

We are working with the community to make a difference

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LiveWell Teens

Online support group

for wellness, depression & anxiety

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LiveWell Training

Join the movement!  We train both peers and providers

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LiveWell Physicians

Peer-led online support group

for mental health & living well

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Donate today!

We rely on donors like you to keep our services FREE to the public

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FIRST WEDNESDAYS OF THE MONTH

"THE POET I READ FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH"
with John Brehm and Mark Dow
WEDNESDAY MAY 5TH 8:00 - 9:00PM (EST)
Link to zoom meeting at:  www.livewell-foundation.org
Free & open to the public
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WISDOM TALKS

 

WIDENING THE CONVERSATION ABOUT

DEPRESSION RECOVERY & LIVING WELL

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Live

Well

LiveWell

Peer Facilitator

Training

 

 

via Zoom

Sat. March 20th  10AM - 1:30PM

& Sat. April 3rd  10AM - 1:30PM 

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Because all people

deserve equal access

to the support they need

to live well with depression

 

 

The peer-led mental health movement endorsed by experts!

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HOW IT WORKS

BY the people, FOR the people

Teachers. Physicians. Artists. Lawyers. Your barista. Your company's CEO.  We are a diverse group of people with lived experience of depression, recovery, and living well who are trained to facilitate LiveWell educational-based support groups in our own communities and online. 

 

We volunteer because LiveWell has helped transform our own lives, and because we know helping others has a positive impact on our mental health. And also because we are each dedicated to the LiveWell mission that all people deserve equal access to free and effective depression support!

95% of peers

polled anonymously agree...

 

"LiveWell has taught me skills and strategies that help me better monitor or manage my own mood or depression symptoms."

 
And it's always free (because that's our mission).

One out of five American adults will experience at least one major episode of depression this year.

 

Major depression is associated with greater functional impairment and higher societal costs than any other chronic health problem. 

Another American dies by suicide every 12 minutes.

Depression is the leading cause of disability; and its burden on the U.S. economy is estimated at 210 billion dollars per year.

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What sets LiveWell apart?

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It fills a much-needed gap in support services

 

Google 'free depression support' in your community, and you'll find it rarely exists. Even national leaders offering community-based peer support do not offer support groups specifically designed for treating depression. The LiveWell Program© fills this gap in the behavioral health landscape.

 

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Quality of care 
Peer-led interventions are proven to be more effective than psycho-therapy for both the recovery process and longterm treatment of depression. The LiveWell Program© brings together various evidence-based strategies for the treatment of depression into one unique package.  
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Our innovative & empowering skill-building program

 

Behavioral health and psychoeducation at its most innovative, the curriculum-based LiveWell Program is strategically designed to give people the knowledge and skills they need to reduce their own symptoms and relapses of depression.

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Our Facilitator Training Program
 

All LiveWell support group facilitators participate in a special training and mentorship program, including diversity and inclusion training, and best practices of trauma-informed learning environments.

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BY peers, FOR peers

Livewell was created by a program design expert with her own experience of depression, recovery, and living well. And participating peers (from diverse backgrounds and professions) continue to offer input as the program evolves and expands. That's a lot of collective wisdom!

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Accessibility & consistency of care
 

We know that depression recovery and staying well requires ongoing support from our peers and community. In fact, many peers attend more than one LiveWell support group a week: online and/or in their own community.

Your donation

will help our volunteer-run nonprofit

continue to provide

FREE & EFFECTIVE

DEPRESSION SUPPORT

to anyone

who wants it

We provide an indiviual with 75-minutes of FREE depression support and prevention for $1.85.

In other words, for less than $85, anyone in need of support can attend a weekly LiveWell for an entire year!

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LiveWell Strategies© 

TALK TO SOMEONE

 

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT MOMENT

 

EMPHASIZE YOUR STRENGTHS

DO WHAT YOU CAN, WHEN YOU CAN

 

GET EDUCATED

TAKE ACTION

 

ANTICIPATE AND PLAN

STAY CONNECTED

 

CHALLENGE THE STIGMA OF DEPRESSION

 

LIVE WITH A PURPOSE

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What sets LiveWell Apart?

Our educational-based curriculum

The LiveWell Program© is strategically designed to empower people to take control of their own mental health care. We teach people the skills and evidence-based strategies they need to reduce symptoms and relapses of depression, and to increase well-being.

 

Research shows that peer support and Guided Self-Care are not just evidence-based practices, but they are also proven to be as effective as psychotherapy for the treatment of depression.

“I have no insurance right now. I can't believe these awesome groups are free." --Washington attendee

“This group has been a lifesaver."-- Virginia attendee

“I've needed a group like this my entire life."  -- NYC attendee

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"The Tuesday night group keeps me functioning and sane" -Philadelphia attendee

“I hope you'll keep this group going after the coranvirus. It is really helping me."-- L.A. attendee

“My wife and I are struggling financially right now. It's hard to find mental health services [we can afford]  - Georgia attendee

“My mental health has already improved because of this group."  -- Kentuky attendee

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For the people

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LiveWell Strategies© 

TALK TO SOMEONE

Talk about mental health, ask for support, and strengthen

your communication skills to help yourself and benefit others.

 

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT MOMENT

Practice daily mindfulness by bringing compassion and curiosity to all

passing thoughts. Recognize your thoughts and moods do not define you.

 

EMPHASIZE YOUR STRENGTHS

Challenge negative thinking patterns. Cultivate self-compassion 

by focusing on your strengths and resilience.

DO WHAT YOU CAN, WHEN YOU CAN

Accept the ups and downs of managing your moods. Go at your own pace.

Trust yourself through your unique process of recovery and growth.

 

GET EDUCATED

Learn about depression and its related health issues,

and be open to all available treatment options.

TAKE ACTION

Get out of your head and into your life by engaging in activities

that support your mental health and personal goals.

 

ANTICIPATE AND PLAN

Identify your depression triggers, and use your

creative problem solving skills, Action Plan, or Crisis Plan.

 

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 depression affect how you think and feel.

Share your unique story as a way to empower yourself and inspire others.

 

LIVE WITH A PURPOSE

Dedicate yourself to things that are meaningful to you, 

and contribute to the mental health of your peers and community.

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Depression Recovery

& Living Well

Information.  Inspiration.  Peer support.

 

 

More info and support group schedule at: 

www.livewell-foundation.org

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STRATEGY

FOR MANAGING 

DEPRESSION #6:

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.

Free support at: 

www.livewell-foundation.org

Join a Livewell

support group

from anywhere!

For the people

By the people

Wed October 7th 7:30PM

Inspiring

& empowering

personal stories of recovery!

NAMI/Philadelphia & LiveWell Foundation are hosting

Every dollar helps!  Make a tax-deductible donation at: 

www.livewell-foundation.org

LiveWell Connection©

FREE Online Depression support...

to anyone, from anywhere!

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MONDAYS 8:00 - 9:10PM
1315 Spruce Street
William Way Community Center
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THURSDAYS 7:00 - 8:15PM
LiveWell Physicians Group
This group, for physicians, is on hold. Learn more about private coaching.
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TUESDAYS 7:00 - 8:15PM
1906 S. Rittenhouse Square
Phila. Ethical Society2nd fl., stairs only
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SATURDAYS 10:30 - 11:40AM
1901 South 9th Street (@Mifflin)
BOK Buliding,  enter on 9th Street
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WEDNESDAYS 8:00 - 9:10PM
37 S. 42nd Street (@Chestnut St.)
Inner Rhythms Studio, 2nd fl., stairs only
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SUNDAYS 6:15 - 7:20PM
LiveWell Mindfulness Group
139 North 2nd St (Arch/Race)
The Clay Studio (Beginners welcome!)
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MONDAYS

8:00 - 9:10 PM

1315 Spruce St. 
William Way Community Center
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TUESDAYS

7:00 - 8:15PM

1906 South Rittenhouse Squ.
Philad Ethical Society 
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WEDNESDAYS

8:00 - 9:10PM

37 S. 42nd Street (@Chestnut) 
Inner Rhythms Studio 
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SATURDAYS

10:30 - 11:40AM

1901 S. 9th Street 
BOK Building
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SUNDAYS

6:15 - 7:20PM

139 N. 2nd Street (Arch/Race)
The Clay Studio

A LiveWell Manifesto

LiveWell: it’s the radical idea of creating connection and hope in an alienated and despairing world. It's changing the way society tackles depression and suicide, and building a world based on shared responsibility, support, and dignity for the mental health of our communities.

It starts by standing with the depressed, listening to their collective voices, and recognizing wisdom and potential where others see illness and futility.

It thrives on moral imagination: the humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. It’s having the ambition to learn at the edge, the wisdom to admit failure, and the courage to start again.

We are, at heart, conservationists. And people of faith. Concerned citizens 

Confuscius.. a search for our roots, which he perceived as grounded in humanity's deepest needs for belonging and communicating.  He had faith in the cuulative power of culture. The fact that traditional ways had lost vitality did not, for him, diminish their potential for regeneration in the future. In fat, C's sense of history was so strong that he saw himself as a cnsevationists reposonsible for for the contiunity of the cultural values and the scial norms that had worked so well for the idealized civilization of the Western Zhou dynasty.

It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring to go where markets have failed and aid has fallen short.

 

It makes hoiw many people are affected work for us, not against us.

It makes media work for us, not control us. 

It requires patience and kindness, resilience and grit: a hard-edged hope. It’s leadership that rejects complacency, breaks through bureaucracy, and challenges corruption. Doing what’s right, not what’s easy.

 

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LiveWell's Director of Education, Clancy Philbrick, and a group of his high school students.

LiveWell Learning Experiences aim to educate, inspire, and empower teens and young adults to take control of their own mental health self-care!

 

Our creative team of educators and presenters offer tailored programming uniquely designed to appeal to teens and young adults, integrating hip hop, sports, relationships, and more into depression awareness and mental health education.  Our offerings include:

  • Assembly-length programs

  • Break-out sessions and activities

  • Weekly or monthly group sessions

Leading the way at Kreationz by Hand in South Philly:  Travis Atkinson, Robert Melendez, Dennis Waller, Ron Sciocchetti

 

A unique public health program, LiveWell Barbers is a network of volunteer barbers dedicated to being on the front line of depression awareness and suicide prevention in their own communities.

 

In their neighborhood shops, barbers are creating safe spaces for men to talk about mental health, and connecting them with local organizations that provide care and support.

For more information, or to get involved,

link to www.livewellbarbers.org here!