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Project UPLIFT

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Project UPLIFT (Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts) is a phone- and web-based program designed to prevent or reduce depression in people with epilepsy. 

How does UPLIFT work?

Project UPLIFT provides skills through group phone delivery of a program to help treat or prevent depression.

UPLIFT is based on mindfulness and cognitive therapy, two techniques proven to help prevent and manage symptoms of depression. Often depression leads to dwelling on the past or accepting negative thoughts that impact mood.

UPLIFT teaches people with epilepsy to notice

  • How their thoughts affect their mood.
  • How to let go of problem thoughts.
  • How to pay attention to the present moment.

Access to transportation is not an issue with UPLIFT because it is delivered directly to their home. This also lowers the anxiety of having a seizure in public. There is no fear in seeking support for depression since UPLIFT is confidential. 

The program includes eight group sessions with exercises at home between sessions.  Each telephone session lasts about one hour.

UPLIFT is led by two people, one with mental health training and the other with epilepsy, and supervised by a licensed psychologist.


I am a health or mental health care provider and I am interested in UPLIFT for people with epilepsy. How do I start UPLIFT in my community?

Emory University provides free training for mental health care providers in select states to implement UPLIFT. Because UPLIFT requires supervision by a licensed mental health professional, training is only delivered to residents in states where trained personnel have licenses.

Participants receive all the materials necessary for their training and the successful implementation of UPLIFT in their community. Trainees who complete the program are able to train future facilitators at no charge, and receive free continuing education (CE) credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Go to the UPLIFT training page for more information.


“The people I met through this program helped alleviate some of the depression I was experiencing. The program widened my purpose and perspective, and taught me concrete skills to prevent depression.”

- UPLIFT Participant.

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