Promoting inclusive school cultures
through mental health education

Erika’s Lighthouse offers a suite of programs designed to allow educators to empower
students and their families around depression and mental health.

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We give educators the tools to create meaningful discussions about mental health and depression

Adolescent depression lives in the shadows. Young people facing it feel isolated and dangerously alone. We help schools provide their students with the skills needed to talk to each other, to their parents, to their teachers, and to counselors.

Classroom Education

Our free, easy-to-use and accessible programs put the student at the center, talking to them in a language they understand.

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Teen Empowerment

We believe teens will change our world when given the right tools. We’ll help you set up peer-led campaigns, fundraisers and Teen Clubs in your school.

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Family Engagement

We have designed information, resources, workshops and more to equip schools to better interact with students and their families.

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Implementing The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention
Implementing The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ALIGNING YOUR TEAM An important part of a well-rounded school policy around suicide prevention is alignment across various levels within a school or district, including all staff. Students spend most of their time each day in school and, for...

The Relaxing Days of Summer
The Relaxing Days of Summer

Parents and educators are as ‘over’ this school year as the students are. The Erika’s Lighthouse team has read countless parent posts on various websites saying the same thing; they are beside themselves witnessing their once-strong student now struggling or losing...

Team Resilience – Runner, Volunteer and Young Adult Board Member
Team Resilience – Runner, Volunteer and Young Adult Board Member

Team Resilience is comprised of all of the amazing athletes that have come together to support Erika's Lighthouse in the mission to Get Depression Out of the Dark. Our team ranges from twenty to seventy-year-olds, first-time runners, to marathon experts. What do they...

Erika's Lighthouse Programs Are Near You

Our evidence-informed, depression awareness education programs are spreading around the world. See if a school or organization near you is utilizing Erika's Lighthouse Classroom Programs.

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We provide schools with ways to educate teens and families through messages of hope and resources to find help

Families

Schools can play a role in helping families recognize the signs of depression in their child. See if our programs are right for your school or community.

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Teens

Learn about depression and take charge of your mental health. Together, we can Get Depression Out of the Dark.

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Teen Depression Toolbox

Worrying that you or someone you love has depression can be overwhelming. You are not alone. Hope and help are possible and it all starts with a little education.

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From Tragedy, Hope

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression was founded in 2004 by Virginia and Thomas Neuckranz after their daughter Erika lost her life to depression. In order to avoid another loss in the community, they founded Erika’s Lighthouse with the goal of creating educational materials to Get Depression Out of the Dark.

With help from the community, and from donors nationwide, we’ve grown and expanded our mission across the country. We know that working together, we can save lives.

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Our school has partnered with Erika’s Lighthouse for several years, and I am always impressed with the quality of materials that they produce. Talking about depression can make both teachers and students uncomfortable, but the Erika’s Lighthouse programs are designed to decrease the negative attitudes of depression. The programs provide an opportunity for conversations about how students can contribute to a positive mental health culture in their school and community.

Jason Dane

High School Teacher

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