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Program Name: Depression Recovery Groups
Year the Program was Started: 2009
Public Contact Person: Vincent Caimano
Address: 711 E. Walnut St. #206
Pasadena, CA 91101
Telephone #: (818) 292-8551 or (888) 7
Fax #: (818) 518-1062
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Peer Support, Recovery Education, Support Group
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $70,000-$100,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: 5-10
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: Depression Recovery Groups is a service for those who have depression, bipolar disorder (especially type 2) or anxiety, which often overlaps with depression. It is a way for people who are living with these conditions to easily come together, support each other and learn about what they can do to improve the quality of their lives. It is a confidential place where you can meet with others without fear of being identified. The meetings are led by peer support specialists and include educational segments with the best researched and up-to-date, self-care tips.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: We have feedback from participants.
Program Mission Statement: The mission of Depression Recovery Groups is to help accelerate the full recovery of people who are living with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety by providing self-help education and peer support that enhance the care of licensed healthcare practitioners.
Additional Information: Over the past few years, depression sufferers have flocked to the internet to look for information and encouragement to deal with the life-crippling effects of major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. Before Depression Recovery Groups (DRG) was launched, internet-based depression support was mainly provided via chat rooms and forums – both with greatly varying quality and effectiveness. DRG offers meetings led by trained peer specialists. These caring and knowledgeable individuals provide invaluable self-help information and facilitate encouraging discussions. In a 2011 study by the University of Michigan department of Psychiatry comparing peer support vs. usual care for depression “peer support interventions were superior to usual care in reducing depressive symptoms.” Usual care included working with a therapist and may have included medications. Additionally, when peer support was compared to CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) the gold standard for depression therapy, “there was no statistically significant difference between group CBT and peer interventions."

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