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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...

New Year, New You: Exercise and Health

I have struggled with food and weight for longer than I could remember. I always wanted dessert and lots of it! I was constantly overeating and I was moody, sad and displayed symptoms of depression. Eventually, I gave up and stopped caring about my health. I always...

Last Minute Holiday Shopping Guide from a Recovering Materialist

The sight of twinkling lights, the sound of joyous music and the smell of comfort cooking are warm familiarities that the holiday season is approaching. While feeling nostalgic, these emotions are usually quickly countered with the low level dread I feel about...

My Road to 26.2

Prior to running the marathon, I ran a yearly 5k on Thanksgiving just to eat more and see if I could still do it. I watched Erika’s Lighthouse runners two years ago at the Chicago marathon and loved the energy of the day. Of course, Erika’s Lighthouse is near and dear...

FALL into Good Mental Health

Fall. The leaves start changing. The temperature drops. Sunrise and sunset times shift. Routines change— some with the start of the new school year and others with work, new projects, and new friends. This could be a time that we are confronted with situations that...

Prioritize Your Mental Health While Away At College

NPR did a segment about mental health services in college and reported an increase in the demand of treatment, with many institutions hiring more mental health professionals than ever before. “Researchers say it’s doubtful that today’s teens are sicker than past...

“Mark” My Words – Mental Health Awareness Saved My Life

My name is Mark Ehlert, and I survived a suicide attempt at the age of 19. At that time, I was at a point in my life where I felt lost and hopeless. I came from a very interesting background and I had issues with abandonment and rejection. I felt very betrayed by a...

My Road to 26.2

Prior to running the marathon, I ran a yearly 5k on Thanksgiving just to eat more and see if I could still do it. I watched Erika’s Lighthouse runners two years ago at the Chicago marathon and loved the energy of the day. Of course, Erika’s Lighthouse is near and dear...

9 Serious Concerns about Depression Screening for Youth

Why we owe it to our youth to take a critical look at the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics You might expect that when the American Academy of Pediatrics announced their recommendations for universal depression screening for youth, everyone...

My Road to 26.2

Prior to running the marathon I ran a yearly 5k on thanksgiving just to eat more and see if I could still do it. I watched Erika's Lighthouse runners two years ago at the Chicago marathon and loved the energy of the day. Of course Erika's Lighthouse is near and dear...

What “13 Reasons Why” Did Right…and Wrong

by Emily McGlawn, Digital Marketing Director I'll admit it...”13 Reasons Why” was binge-worthy. In terms of pure entertainment value, this show is great. Unfortunately, this show left a lot to be desired in terms of depression awareness and suicide prevention....

Running for charity really is that easy…and rewarding

You’ve been thinking about running more. You’ve done some in the past, but it was hard to stay motivated. Sure, the right mix of songs or audio books helps pass the time, and you know you need to exercise more. But finding the motivation to get out there is just hard...