Mood Lifters is proud to be working with community members within the Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County area. Check out where we’ve been mentioned in the news!

Article in Crazy Wisdom Journal

Improve Your Mental Health with Mood Lifters

This article discussing the current status of the Mood Lifters Program and how people can get help. (See page 6)

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Article in The Michigan Daily

Mood Lifters offers free mental health program to U-M grad students

This article shows how U-M graduate students who wish to participate can sign-up for the program.

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Article in All About Ann Arbor

Data shows positive impact of Ann Arbor mental health program

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

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Article in Ann Arbor Family Press

Mood Lifters: Change Your Thinking to Fight Off Depression, Stress, and Anxiety

Mood Lifters is a weekly mental health program that draws on the most current science and focuses on affirming mentally healthy and positive activities to empower its participants. It is an affordable alternative to traditional therapy which involves education and provides support by empathetic peer leaders.

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Article in U of M Dept. of Psychology Special Edition Newsletter

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Patricia Deldin

For this special edition newsletter, we interviewed Dr. Deldin about her mental wellness program, Mood Lifters. Mood Lifters is a biopsychosocial (ie. biology, thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relationships) mental wellness program that was designed to address four issues in mental health care…

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Article in Second Wave Michigan

Program created by U-M professor adopts Weight Watchers model for mental health support

The Mood Lifters program brings adults together in peer-facilitated classes where they learn science-based strategies for improving their mental health.

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Article in The Detroit Jewish News

‘Mood Lifters’ for Self-Help

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is offering a new, cost-free way to support your mental and emotional well-being. The program is intended for adults of all ages.

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Interview by Very Ann Arbor Radio

“Moods” – Dr. Deldin Nov. 2020 Interview

Dr. Patricia Deldin, CEO and creator of Mood Lifters, was recently interviewed on our local Very Ann Arbor radio station (WZNK). In it, Dr. Deldin gives an overview of the Mood Lifters program and how it works, in addition to explaining why it is relevant to our Michigan participant base.

Interview by Danco Sotirovsky

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Article Published by the Wall Street Journal

Anxious About Election Day? So Is Everybody Else

Dr. Patricia Deldin, CEO and creator of Mood Lifters, was recently quoted in this light-hearted article for the Wall Street Journal. In it, various members of the electorate discuss how they’re coping with election stress. Dr. Deldin shared her plans, which were informed by Mood Lifters mental health strategies.

Written by James R. Hagerty, WSJ Reporter, and Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ Columnist

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Dr. Linda Sircus interviewed Patricia Deldin, Ph.D., the CEO and founder of Mood Lifters. The interview aired on Dr. Sircus’ show, Managing the Problems of Daily Living, on Bloomfield Community Television.

We’re going to talk about Mood Lifters today, what it is and what a gift it is to our greater community.

Dr. Linda Sircus, Psychologist, Managing the Problems of Daily Living

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  • Origins of Mood Lifters (start-8:00)

  • How Mood Lifters Works – initial evaluation, meeting structure and process (8:00-14:00)

  • The story of a Mood Lifters Member (14:30-18:45)

  • Results from the Randomized Controlled Trial – decrease negative moods and helps people thrive (18:45-22:15)

  • How the Point System works for Members (22:15-23:00)

  • The Benefits of Peer Leadership (23:00-23:45)

  • Tip you can use now: Do Pleasurable and Meaningful Activities — It works (23:45-27:45)

  • Point System and Group Membership and Support is Motivating and Uplifting (27:45-29:40)

  • What’s Next (29:40-end)

Less depression and anxiety, independent of these troubling times, is a gift for all of us.

Dr. Linda Sircus, Psychologist, Managing the Problems of Daily Living

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Article Published by University of Michigan Depression Center

Mood Lifters: Training For Mental Health

The ability to cope with stress and difficult situations is important for all adults in leading healthy, fulfilling lives. Mood Lifters is a 15-week program that guides members to improved mental health. With program materials developed based on the latest science, Mood Lifters aims to address problems in mental health care of accessibility, cost, and effectiveness…

Written by Lucia Kim. Lucia is the Communications Assistant for the Depression Center and the Department of Psychiatry.

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Local News Coverage

WEMU: Interview with Corner Health Center’s Kamilah Davis-Wilson

An interview with one of our fabulous partners at the Corner Health Center. They are a fabulous organization providing real help during this time of crisis. Mood Lifters could not be more proud of our partnership with them.

Restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 health crisis have to started to ease up recently.  Many nonprofit organizations, including the Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti, are introducing new safety procedures in their work.  The center’s community outreach and youth development manager, Kamilah Davis-Wilson, joins WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Concentrate Media’s Sarah Rigg to discuss their new ways of serving the public in this week’s installment of “On the Ground-Ypsi.”

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Local Newsletter Coverage

Local Rotary Clubs Focus on Mental Health

A special sendout from the Chelsea rotary club details community mental health efforts, including a partnership with Mood Lifters:

In addition, Rotary clubs are sponsoring training programs for suicide prevention and awareness (safeTALK) and mental wellness (Mood Lifters). Many rotary clubs have committed to bring speakers to their meetings to raise visibility for community resources on mental health. They are inviting the general public to join with Rotary clubs by taking action in support of families in youth. 

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Dr. Deldin Interview:

Staying Psychologically Sound In Light Of Health Concerns From Coronavirus

A radio interview with Mood Lifters creator Dr. Patricia Deldin on 89.1 WEMU

Dr. Deldin’s recommendations to handle anxiety include:

  • Attending to self care and self compassion.
  • Eating healthy and exercising.
  • Staying informed, but also staying in touch with loved ones and friends.
  • Staying connected with other people through social media and phone calls and try not to be alone.
  • Remaining mindful of keeping and maintaining social relationships as much as possible.
  • Trying to stay connected socially in other ways.

If you still feel overwhelmed by your anxiety, it’s best to contact your health care provider.

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Detroit Catholic: After losing her daughter to suicide, parishioner’s dream is to offer help for others

An extraordinary article about Catherine Galdes, a friend of Mood Lifters and host of one of our groups.

“Galdes wants to see a change in treatment options for teens and young adults with depression, including care facilities that specialize in depression. Currently, by law, hospitalization in a psychiatric unit is the only option for children at risk of suicide.

A month after Bethany passed away, Galdes’ sister arranged for a priest to celebrate a special Mass in her back yard on what would have been Bethany’s 17th birthday with Galdes and 70 friends and family. The next year, as they gathered again, a friend suggested that Galdes start a foundation — a recommendation she took to heart.

Later this month, the Bethany Anne Galdes Foundation, which seeks to raise awareness about depression and gather resources for treatment approaches and research, will mark its fourth year with a Founders Day Celebration.”

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Excellence 4 Dexter Schools February 2020 Newsletter: Mental Health Fundraiser

“Dexter Community Schools is partnering with the University of Michigan to bring ‘Mood Lifters’ groups to students in grades 5-12. Mood Lifters will help participants learn new, science-based strategies that will help to improve their mental health and overall well-being.  Mood Lifters session topics for kids and teens differ, but generally address issues related to identifying and managing emotions, successful problem-solving, stress reduction, positive relationships, resilient coping, and building confidence in one’s skills and abilities.”

Excellence 4 Dexter Students

OnMain.Today: Local Stories: Surviving Mental Illness

“The main part of my story, that I really want to get across, is the fact that I didn’t know how badly I was feeling until I started feeling better. That was big for me because I felt like I was doing okay. If you had asked me how I was doing, I would have said I was fine and I wouldn’t have felt like I was being dishonest.”

“Grace” as Interviewed by Dough Marrin for OnMain.Today

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OnMain.Today: Local Stories: Ghost in the Machine | the secret dual life of mental illness

“I’m very happy that I have learned skills to cope and regulate my emotions and my thoughts. I find much more joy in the day. It’s an amazing mindset change from always seeing problems to being able to see goodness, joy, or something rewarding. There is something to appreciate each day, and it builds momentum towards a positive future.”

“David” as interviewed by Doug Marrin for OnMain.Today

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OnMain.Today: Mood Lifters pioneers a new approach to mental wellness, locally, for all of us

“What we’re trying to do is meet people where they’re at,” says Dr. Deldin. “We want to help people live the life they’ve always wanted. A life deep with meaning, with less anxiety and depression, with more joy and contentment, and better relationships.”

Dr. Deldin, as interviewed by Doug Marrin of OnMain.Today

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Check out articles about our collaboration with the Ann Arbor YMCA

Listen to Dr. Deldin’s radio interview with WEMU’s Lisa Barry as part of Art & Soul: The Art Of Well Being – New ‘Mood Lifters’ Program Will Help Build Lives Worth Living

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Click on Detroit: Mood Lifters offers Ann Arbor mental health program with YMCA

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MLive: Ann Arbor YMCA offers 15-week mental health support program

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