Promoting inclusive school cultures around mental health

Through Classroom Education, Teen Empowerment, Family Engagement and School Policy &
Staff Development – any school can start a meaningful conversation about mental health.

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Classroom Education focused on mental health, depression and suicide

Impacting grades 4-12, programs raise awareness, reduce stigma, promote good mental health and encourage help-seeking. Every child deserves good mental health.

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Empowered teens can change the world

Give them the tools they need to engage in meaningful discussions around mental health through turn-key, peer-led initiatives.

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Family Engagement that can positively impact home

Schools do not operate in silos. Engaging families, parents and caregivers is key to ensuring every child has a trusted adult.

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School Policy & Staff Development to prepare schools

Align policies, prepare educators and staff and ensure students have the resources and information to succeed.

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We give educators the tools to promote inclusive school cultures around mental health

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. Our resources raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate students, promote good mental health and encourage help-seeking.

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 can change the world with the right tools. You can set up Teen Clubs, peer-led campaigns and fundraisers 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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Policy & Staff

We have developed videos, staff trainings, frameworks, templates, best practices and more to align your policies & staff.

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2020-21 School Yearbook
2020-21 School Yearbook

Check out our latest school-year Annual Report: the Yearbook. 2020-21 Yearbook Annual Report

Art Auction Benefits Winnetka Youth Mental Health Nonprofit
Art Auction Benefits Winnetka Youth Mental Health Nonprofit

WINNETKA, IL — A Glencoe-based artist is using her work to support a local nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about teen mental health and depression. Angelina Vivant has collaborated with Winnetka-based Erika's Lighthouse to auction off an oil...

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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Since August 2020



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Teens Impacted

Teens Impacted Since 2004

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


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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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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