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Evidence-Based Practices

We have spent over 10 years reviewing depression treatment research to find the information, skills and practices that will best help you to recover. The material in our meetings has largely been developed at major universities and tested in the real world with people like you - it is "evidence-based". Most of these treatment options have been tested multiple times in different settings which mean that they are more likely to work for you!

One of the most important aspects of our meetings is the peer support. We provide this to you in two ways. First, Depression Recovery Groups are a way for you to talk with a variety of people who have had similar experiences with depression. Also, all of our group leaders except for one have recovered from depression - and most are Certified Peer Specialists*.

The research** says that peer support compares favorably with the usual care given for depression. In a recent major study of studies conducted by psychiatrists at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor it was found that peer support reduced the symptoms of depression as effectively as usual treatment.

This study also compared peer support with cognitive therapy and it was found that the effects of both approaches were very similar. In addition to having peer support as a foundation, the educational material in our meetings is also based on published research. Each of these meetings are full of information, exercises, discussions and readings that you can immediately use to shape up your recovery plan.

* Certified Peer Specialists are trained to facilitate the development of recovery skills. The purpose of peer support is to:

  1. Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery process
  2. Teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed to facilitate individual recovery
  3. Promote the knowledge of available service options and choices
  4. Promote the utilization of natural resources within the community
  5. Facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self worth
  6. Be supportive of recovering person when in a crisis as part of the treatment team.
** Efficacy of Peer Support Interventions for Depression: A Meta-Analysis
Publication Journal: General Hospital Psychiatry, 2011 By Paul N. Pfeiffer, MD; Michele Heisler, MD; Department of Veteran Affairs, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Bipolar Support Group
Our engaging video-based groups provide self-help education and peer support. Led by a Certified Peer Specialist, these meeting are confidential and anonymous. You choose how involved you would like to be. If you don't feel comfortable talking - it's ok to just listen.
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Group Meeting: Women's Postpartum
This group is for mothers who have experienced or are experiencing postpartum depression, “the baby blues” or the anxiety that often is also present. A lot of women suffer with these issues – you don’t have to be alone. Join with an experienced facilitator and other women who understand what you are going through. You will learn about how these issues commonly impact women and importantly the things you can do to find relief.
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Depression Support Group
Our engaging video-based groups provide self-help education and peer support. Led by a Certified Peer Specialist, these meeting are confidential and anonymous. You choose how involved you would like to be. If you don't feel comfortable talking - it's ok to just listen.
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Women's Depression Support Group
Women often have a very different experience with depression than do men. More women report that they are depressed and often they are more forthcoming about the emotions and issues they experience. Come join this women's only group. Share with other women. Learn from other women. Support yourself and others as you move toward recovery.
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Group Meeting: Faith Based Group
The spiritual dimension of recovery can be very powerful indeed. This group explores how our spiritual experiences strengthen and inspire us to regain hope in our lives. It is open to people of all faiths as well as those who do not affiliate with a formal religion.
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Group Meeting: Teen & College Age Group
If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, then this group is just for you. When you're depressed, you may feel like no one understands. But depression in teens and young adults is more common than you may think. You are not alone and your depression is not hopeless.
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Group Meeting: Bereavement Group
We have all encountered a loss of a loved one or close friend, a loss of a career, a pet, time, a home or other types of loss, at some point in our lives. This means you are not alone in your feelings that led you to this group. Participants in this group will learn how to come to grasp with their loss (or terminal news of a pending loss) and know that their feelings are normal. We will also discuss when grief becomes a more serious psychological disorder and when to get outside professional help. Part of the group will be an educational segment, including topics on self-help, the stages of grief, how to find the right individual to talk to, and how to recognize when depression caused by the loss is surfacing.
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Group Meeting: Medical Students
Being a medical student is tough. Long hours, high academic standards and competitive pressure create an inordinate amount of stress and a higher than usual rate of depression. Many med students don't feel comfortable admitting to having problems - especially a psychological issue like depression. This group is a confidential way for med students to find support and jointly review evidence-based self-help material. This group follows the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change protocol (Ilardi, 2009) which has been shown to significantly reduce depressive symptoms and support long term recovery.
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One-on-One Coaching
Our One-on-One Depression Recovery Coaching is a way for you to work more intensively toward achieving and maintaining a healthier life. In our One-on-One sessions, you will meet with a certified peer specialist or recovery coach of your choosing. There will be no other participants ... just you and your coach.
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