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Who We Are:
A Teen Depression Education Organization

Erika's Lighthouse is a not-for-profit teen depression and mental health education organization that provides free and effective programming to schools, teens, parents, young adults, health professionals and community organizations.

What We Believe:
Teen Depression Education is Suicide Prevention

It is our strong belief that the failure to recognize the symptoms of teen depression and the stigma associated with mental illness prevent teens from getting the help they deserve.

Understanding that teen depression is the largest risk factor for teen suicide, our approach is to provide accessible depression and mental health education, promoting early identification and treatment of teen depression.

Depression education creates a safe environment for teens to talk about mental health. It removes the barriers to treatment and protects young lives. Our programming is guided by the message that teen depression is common and can be serious, but it is treatable. There is hope.

The Erika's Lighthouse philosophy is that in order for our programs to be successful, we must be flexible. We provide the guidance, materials and support required to implement depression and mental health education programs that respect a community’s culture and is authentic to their voice.

If you are interested in bringing an Erika’s Lighthouse program into your community, contact us and we can work together to identify a program appropriate for your school or group.

Concerned you or someone you care about may have depression?
Take the Teen Depression Test.

Teen Depression:
Stories of Hope & Health

Teen Depression: Stories of Hope and Help

Take a peek at a teaser of our newest program, Teen Depression: Stories of Hope & Health. This video-based classroom program is a "first look" at teen depression following five diverse young people sharing their real stories of hope and resilience. Watch now

New video! A 360 degree perspective of overcoming teen depression

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A great conversation starter for parents and teens or to use as an educational tool for students and professionals. Watch now

What I Wish My
Parents Knew

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By you, for you. Watch now or visit the Screening Room and watch award-winning PSA's on Teen Depression.

Real Teenagers Talking About Depression

What does depression feel like? Watch "Real Teenagers Talking about Adolescent Depression"

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  • Take our self-report depression screener for teens who think they may have depression.

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  • Join us for a free training & receive ready-to-teach program materials on our program:

    Teen Depression:
    Stories of Hope & Health

    Friday, February 4
    9:00 a.m. - noon

    KUSD Board room
    3600 52nd Street, Kenosha, WI

    Hosted by KUSD Educational Support Center, Kenosha County Division of Health, Just Live Inc., and Erika’s Lighthouse.

    Download Flyer | Register (Eventbrite)

  • Northwestern Study
    Looking For Teens

    Know any depressed teens that need CBT or healthy teens interested in science? The Neurological Mechanisms of Treatment Project at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is recruiting depressed and healthy teens for a clinical research study examining the neurological correlates associated with symptom change in depressed adolescents receiving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). For information about the study, please call Sarah O'Dor at 312-502-1802.

    More information

  • Glenbrook South High School Senior Enhances Mental Health Curriculum in District 34

    Aly Ford, a senior at GBS, was awarded the prestigious Gold Award by the Girl Scouts for developing a presentation on depression to be added to the curriculum at Attea and Springman middle schools in Glenview.

    Read article

  • Different Drummers: Teen Depression & Suicide

    Approximately 15-20% of teens experience depression, and a teen takes his or her own life every 100 minutes. Heather Freed from Erika's Lighthouse and Pastor Kent Svendsen from the United Methodist Church of Plano talk about how to identify and help depressed teens.

    Click here to watch the video

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