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Changing With The Times

Changing With The Times

Everything changed so fast and so completely. Now - two months in - we are all probably fairly well adjusted to it all. We are not necessarily enjoying it or thriving in it, but we have changed the way we are managing the day-to-day and we are getting by.  We have...

We Got This

We Got This

We got this... my go-to saying for the past 18 months now has another meaning. I’ve said it hundreds of times as my now 10 year old goes through the process of kicking cancer’s butt. October 16, 2018 was a day that changed my life. My son, who was just getting into...

Accepting Our Uncertain Futures

Accepting Our Uncertain Futures

Just over two months ago our lives were changed - possibly forever. We’ve all had to adapt to a new way of seeing friends, spending time with family, going to school, educating students, doing business or any other face-to-face communication we used to take for...

More than Manageable: Anxiety in Quarantine

More than Manageable: Anxiety in Quarantine

When the COVID-19 crisis pushed us all indoors, I knew I was going to have an especially hard time handling my anxiety. Previously, I dealt with mental illness by keeping busy, surrounding myself with friends, and constantly moving forward. Basically, I would distract...

Feeling the Loss of Our Village

Feeling the Loss of Our Village

Over the years, my family has built a village of support for our children of wonderful teachers, coaches, babysitters, neighbors, and friends who supported our entire family every week. One of the most significant losses we feel during this time of isolation is the...

Mother’s Day—A Shift in Perspective

Mother’s Day—A Shift in Perspective

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Since the death of my son T.J. Mother’s Day has taken on a completely different meaning for me. In the first few years...

The Importance of Using the Right Words

The Importance of Using the Right Words

How many times have you heard a friend at school or on social media talk about the “mental breakdown” they had last night over a project, or the “panic attack'' when they realized they didn’t submit an assignment, or how they were “really depressed” or “having really...

Think Positive, Be Positive

Think Positive, Be Positive

I am currently working as the school social worker for Indian River Charter High School. My job has changed recently due to no longer being on school campus. I am no longer able to meet face to face with students and provide support to those struggling with mental...

Building Calm, Giving Self-Compassion, and Staying Connected

Building Calm, Giving Self-Compassion, and Staying Connected

To keep out of the dark spaces of anxiety and depression I need these three things right now: calm spaces, self-compassion, and staying connected to family and friends Building Calm I need to build calm because my house is not set-up for remote work, crisis...

Take the Positivity Pledge

Take the Positivity Pledge

Over the course of the past few months we, the Board, Staff and volunteers at Erika’s Lighthouse, have joined in the collective shock, anxiety, stress, sense of loss and the range of other emotions we have all experienced through these uncertain times. We have...

Things I Never Thought I Would Say At Work

Things I Never Thought I Would Say At Work

  We are all operating differently these days. Not only are we trying to manage our own jobs remotely, many of us are also part-time (amatuer) teachers. I can’t wait to update my resume to include that new job title as well. My guess is nobody will ever say...

No Time Like The Present

No Time Like The Present

I have long struggled with learning to meditate. I struggle with the tasks of dismissing distractions, emptying my mind, focusing on my breath and remaining in the present. That being said, I regularly recommend mindfulness and meditation practices to friends and...

“It’s So Nice to See You!”

“It’s So Nice to See You!”

Therapy in a time of physical distance. As I wind down from another week of doing e-therapy, I am reminded of how happy and grateful I am to be doing this work.  Though the coronavirus pandemic has taken some of what was familiar for myself and the people I treat – a...

It Is Ok Just To Be Ok

It Is Ok Just To Be Ok

As a semi-retired teacher I wanted to share hope and reassurance because we are all in this situation together. We are all disappointed at what will not be; graduations, field trips, and proms, musical performances and all of the other special events that align with...

Into The Unknown

Into The Unknown

With Covid-19 uprooting our lives, there is an ongoing question that crosses every mind: so now what? What will happen to schools? What will happen to supplies? What will happen to relationships? What will we do with the next undisclosed amount of time? To each of...

Holding On To Hope

Holding On To Hope

Ok, so I am not going to lie, when I was first told I was going to be forced to stay home I thought, how bad can this be? I have everything I need right here-food, tv, computer, my family. I have this. It will be nice to slow down and have some time with my family. I...

A Teacher’s Honesty

A Teacher’s Honesty

As a teacher, do l always have to put on a brave face for my students? Can I let them know that I, too, am sad and worried? I am sad that I won’t be able to go on the end-of-the-year field trips and see them celebrate their “lasts” as 8th graders; and enjoy the last...

Homeschooling Humor – Week 2

Homeschooling Humor – Week 2

Owen University is now a college prep school! I think instead of watching Cheers to escape, I probably should be watching The Facts of Life for some pointers. I don’t know what the best age is for kids to be quarantined. I miss the days of structure and free time fun....