ROAD: Creating Community to Cope with Depression

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

April 21, 2008

Summary

This 10-page report introduces Reaching Out About Depression (ROAD), an innovative program that utilizes peer support, social activism and education to empower and assist low-income women with depression. Readers will learn what makes ROAD so unique, how its participants are faring, and why the program caught the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s eye.   

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Key Takeaway

Introducing ROAD: An innovative self-help program for low-income women with depression

ROAD is a nonclinical approach to helping women affected by depression. It has three main components: 1) a 12-week workshop series led by peer facilitators; 2) free counseling services from graduate students at Boston College and Harvard Law School; and 3) projects that the women select and tackle together.

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