A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

Fostering dialogue, support, and empowerment through effective middle school and high school teen depression awareness programs and resources.

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We give educators the tools to create meaningful discussions about depression

Adolescent depression lives in the shadows. Young people facing it feel isolated and dangerously alone. We help schools create hopeful dialogue so students can talk to each other, to their parents, to their teachers, and to counselors.

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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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Educator Support

As a school partner, we can work with you to make the most of the Erika’s Lighthouse programs and help you customize the programs for your school.

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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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Authentic and Accessible Classroom Programs

Our easy-to-implement classroom programs are the product of years of conversations with educators, social workers, and especially teens. Programs are designed to:

  • Reduce stigma by dispelling myths
  • Promote early identification in oneself and others
  • Encourage early intervention by peers and teachers

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We provide teens and parents with a message that instills hope and resources to find help

Parents

Learn how to recognize the signs of depression in your 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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