Data shows positive effects of the Ann Arbor mental health program

ANN ARBOR – New data from a mental wellness program developed at the University of Michigan shows it had significant benefits for participants suffering from depression and anxiety during the pandemic.

The Mood Lifters program serves people with moderate to severe depression and anxiety. In the past year, the participants have shown a decrease in depressive symptoms by more than 50% and anxiety by almost 50%, according to the program management.

“These data are particularly impressive because, on average, people in Mood Lifters groups got healthier, while rates of depression and anxiety were increasing worldwide,” said Dr. Patricia Deldin, CEO and creator of Mood Lifters, in a statement. “It’s even more remarkable because we were able to do this for a very low cost of $ 12 / session.”

A 25-50% decrease in symptoms is used as the benchmark for psychological intervention.

Mood Lifters groups teach “bio-psychosocial” strategies that people can use in their daily lives.


“I’ve been in the field of psychology for many years and have the benefit of seeing strategies that can help almost anyone feel better – if done regularly,” Deldin said in a statement. “At Mood Lifters, we’ve selected research-based skills that have been shown to help most people live healthier, happier lives. From our own data, we see that Mood Lifters helps people of all demographics, but participants with at least moderate anxiety and depression see the greatest improvement. “

Neither therapy nor support groups, mood lifters groups offer peer-led mental health training every week with a customizable goal tracking system for participants.

To learn more about the virtual mental wellness program, click here.

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