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Broken Open

Nine years ago, my son T.J.’s death shattered my soul. Reflecting on the days and weeks following his death I remember a push and pull deep inside moving me forward on a wave of love and kindness.

Continuously Striving to Reach New Populations

As we close out 2019 and look ahead to 2020 and beyond, Erika’s Lighthouse is excited about new possibilities and reaching new populations. Over the past few years, Erika’s Lighthouse has successfully implemented classroom-based programming in diverse school districts...

Get Depression Out of the Dark

Why we do what we do Erika’s Lighthouse was founded in 2014, with a mission to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. We are dedicated to creating a community of empathy and education. We have created professional, evidence-informed middle and high...

Crossing the Finals Finish Line

It’s that time of year—the dreaded F word—FINALS. Students everywhere are getting anxious for the worst week of the semester, with mid-terms being a close second. It is safe to say there is a lot of dread, denial, and procrastination. Finals week brings an...

Living With A Silent Disability

What does anxiety feel like? Heart pounding, unable to sleep, scared, restless; sounds like sitting in a scary movie, right? No, just a few of the feelings one gets when living with severe anxiety. Anxiety in and of itself is a disability. However, living with it and...

Giving Tuesday -You Make a Difference

Giving Tuesday is quickly approaching. Did you know that Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)? It is...

After High School Graduation-What’s Next?

How do you decide what to do after high school? Maybe you’ve known since forever what career you want and which path will get you there. Or you’re not even thinking about a career - you know that will sort itself out later - but you know which school or training or...

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in Depression Education

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is determined and dedicated to providing high-quality classroom-based programs to raise awareness and understanding of depression and suicide awareness. The goal is to promote help-seeking behavior - to...

4 Ways to Find More Happy

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is a great holiday to kick off the season because by its very name, it encourages us to take note of and be grateful for what we have. Stopping to give thanks during this season is a wonderful...

Race for Depression Awareness

For some people, running comes easily. They get that runner’s high, something, that for the life of me, I just never will understand. For me, it’s not that easy. Pretty much the only running I do is errands and out of patience. I have total respect for the commitment...

Running for a cause: Team Erika’s Lighthouse

15 years ago, my family lost a close friend. Erika Neuckranz lost her life to adolescent depression at just 14 years old. Erika was like a 3rd sister to me, similar in age to my two older sisters. She was our next door neighbor in Chicago, and one of the brightest...

Mental Health in Schools – A School Counselor’s Letter

“THE ERIKA’S LIGHTHOUSE CURRICULUM WORKS!!!!”   So many of our students really listened and heard the message of your curriculum!!!  They heard it, they thought about what they’re feeling, and they asked for help! THEY ASKED FOR HELP!  That’s truly the whole point,...

Mental Health Education Mandated Laws

Physical education is required in schools, but what about mental health? Last Fall, New York and Virginia became the first two states to implement a new law which mandates mental health education in schools. This Summer, Florida also made mental health classes...

The First Ever “Beacon Award”

It's been an incredible 15 years and we want to share with you Peggy Kubert's, Director of Education, acceptance speech for "The Beacon Award," which she gave at this year's gala! I am honored and proud to have played a part in the shaping of Erika’s Lighthouse for...

Celebrating 15 Years as A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

Erika's Lighthouse is celebrating its 15 year anniversary! I can’t believe how much we’ve grown over the years. In 2004, after the loss of their daughter Erika, founders Ginny and Tom Neuckranz set out to prevent this from ever happening to another child. In April...

Riding the Wave: DBT and Distress Tolerance

A surfer doesn’t fight the powerful ocean wave; he moves with the wave riding its natural tide. “Riding the wave” is also a psychological practice of surfing your own powerful and negative emotions. Fighting emotions such as sadness and anger delays the acceptance of...