License to Live Project is now a LIVEWELL FOUNDATION program!

For our ongoing meeting schedule, visit:  www.livewell-foundation.org 

Some heroes who have spoken about living with depression!

"This work is very important, and should make a real impact on [the treatment of] chronic depression."

           -- Dr. Aaron T. Beck, "Father" of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), speaking about the License to Live Program

Join our diverse group of people who are

dedicated to living well with depression!

We celebrate these heroes & heroines

who have spoken out about their depression!

Always Confidential            Always Free

license to live

A LICENSE TO LIVE SUPPORT GROUP (In Brief)

(In a supportive group of peers, learn practical skills that will make a difference in your own life!)

With an emphasis on "lifestyle" (or self-care) strategies that are proven to minimize symptoms

and reduce relapses, our activities-based meetings allow each participant an unique opportunity

to practice putting these strategies into action within the context of a supportive group of peers. 

PHILLY MEETING SCHEDULE HERE 

(on the LiveWell Foundation website)

Tuesdays 7:00pm       

1906 South Rittenhouse Square 

(Ethical Society, 2nd floor)

Although each group is led by a trained facilitator, the License to Live meeting functions as a peer-to-peer support group and is not meant as a substitute for professional psychological counseling, group therapy or emergency treatment. 

 Is The L2L Support Group Right for You? 

An L2L Depression Support Group is right for you if you are age 23+ and can identify with any of the following:
  • Experienced mild to serious depression
  • Experienced persistent and/or recurring bouts of depression
  • Find it uncomfortable or have a difficult time talking about depression​
  • Try to hide depression from others (because of shame and/or fear of discrimination) 
  • Have a tendency to socially withdrawal or isolate
  • Need support in maintaining your mental health self-care routine

When This Group May NOT Be Right For You

If you are in the midst of a serious bout of clinical depression, it is important that you seek the help of a qualified mental health professional in your area. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call a 24-hour suicide prevention line to speak to a caring and trained person (see below), and/or call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room,  We do not provide emergency services.

The mental health movement

that's making a difference!

Peer Support + Self-Care = Reduced Symptoms & Relapses!

Each L2L Group is designed to educate, inspire and empower people living with depression

to be active participants in their own mental health care and depression treatment.   

  • Emphasizing Our Unique Strengths and Accomplishments

 

  • Learning Practical Skills that Make A Difference in Your Daily Life!  

 

  • Making Depression Easy to Talk About!

  • Getting the Support You Need to Maintain Your Mental-Health Self-Care Routine

Studies have proven that maintaining a daily routine of self-care strategies designed to minimize symptoms will not only help a person monitor and control the symptoms of depression, but will also determine the effectiveness of other treatments (e.g., therapy and medicine). ​And since we recognize that it can be difficult to maintain a daily self-care routine – especially when you’re struggling with a low mood or painful symptoms – this group is here to support and encourage you in that ongoing process.

 

Bringing together the best practices from psychosocial education and experiential-learning, our activities-based groups allow people who have experienced mild to serious depression an unique opportunity to put self-care strategies into action within a supportive group of peers. 

how it works...

Confidential weekly sessions are organized on a rotating schedule around our ten LiveWell Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Depression. Each meeting starts with a brief welcome and introduction to the weekly strategy for minimizing systems and reducing relapses (such as mindfulness practices or "living with a purpose"). The group then engages in an activity in which the self-care strategy is put into action (such as meditation instruction/practice or a volunteer activity that supports a worthy cause). The meetlng concludes with a reflection period of meaningful, helpful (and at-times even humurous) group discussion.  

what to expect at a meeting...

"The theme of this week's group was all about talking about depression... not just why to talk about it, but how to talk about it in a way that is positive too. The activity was useful, helpful, informative, as well as simply fun."

"I walk out of these meetings so energized and uplifted, and it carries me through the week." 

"I carry the list of Lifestyle Strategies for Managing Depression with me for a reminder [of what I can do when I'm struggling with my mood.]"

"I like that we do activities. I know talking with the group is important, but to me the different activities are the most helpful and interesting part."

"I think a lot about what we talk about [during the meetings] after each group session. I'm surprised by how much I'm learning."

"I still think of myself as not the support group type of person...but I come every week because it helps me. I guess that's kind of funny."

"I always feel better when I leave [the group] than when I came in!"  

"My therapist actually recommended I attend these sessions. Now I go to see him once a week and the group once a week, and it's making a big difference in my life.

what people are saying...

For our ongoing meeting schedule, visit:  www.livewell-foundation.org 

24-Hour Support

  

1-800-273-8255

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  

116 113

Samaritans Hotline

  

License to Live Project is now a LIVEWELL FOUNDATION program!

For our ongoing meeting schedule, visit:  www.livewell-foundation.org 

Email us at:  contact@livewell-foundation.org      

Or call us at:  267.542.0091

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