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6 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

6 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

It is normal to get nervous or worried every once in a while about an important or intimidating event, like taking the ACT or public speaking.  But, if you have this feeling all or most of the time, what you may be experiencing is anxiety.  It is one of the most...

Share Your Story

Share Your Story

Do you want to share your story and empower others? Erika’s Lighthouse is on a mission to provide free mental health education to any school, anywhere. Erika’s Lighthouse classroom videos use real students, not actors, who talk about their life, their depression, how...

Celebrating Pride and Supporting LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Celebrating Pride and Supporting LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Pride Month is a vibrant celebration of love, identity, and inclusion within the LGBTQ+ community. It's a time to honor the progress made and acknowledge the challenges that persist. A significant area of importance is the mental health disparities faced by LGBTQ+...

Depression Education Programs and Why You Should Use Them

Depression Education Programs and Why You Should Use Them

Depression continues to be the most common mental health disorder among teens, and the rates are rising. Between 15-20% of young people will experience a depressive episode before the age of 20 -- think about that, that’s 5 kids out of a class of 25. And 90-98% of all...

Staff Wellbeing: From Stressed to Success

Staff Wellbeing: From Stressed to Success

Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being and there is no better time to recognize this than in May when we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. However, many people still face stigma and discrimination when it comes to mental health...

Self-Care for Students

Self-Care for Students

Self-care is important for everyone, but it's especially important for children and teens. During these years, kids are developing their sense of self and learning how to cope with stress as well as take care of their mental health. Self-care can help them build...

Shred Your Stress: Promote Self Care for Students

Shred Your Stress: Promote Self Care for Students

The Erika's Lighthouse "Shred Your Stress" resource is a great way for students to learn about and practice self-care. This Awareness into Action Activity includes exercises that can help students manage stress, improve their mood, and boost their overall well-being....

Resource Highlight: Donut Stress About the Test

Resource Highlight: Donut Stress About the Test

Test anxiety is a common problem that can affect students of all ages. It can cause physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, and dizziness; it also causes emotional symptoms such as worry, fear, and panic. Test anxiety can interfere with a student's ability to...

Program Evaluation Surveys and Their Impact

Program Evaluation Surveys and Their Impact

What evaluations are included in Erika's Lighthouse Programs? Erika's Lighthouse classroom education programs each come with the option to utilize pre-and/or post-evaluation surveys to accompany the lessons for students. For Level I (grades 4-6), links and QR codes...

A Framework for Culture Change in School Communities

A Framework for Culture Change in School Communities

Erika’s Lighthouse believes every school community can be inclusive, empathetic and supportive around mental health. Our framework for promoting inclusive school cultures around mental health provides a roadmap for schools to create lasting change in their school...

How to Start a Facebook Fundraiser for Erika’s Lighthouse

How to Start a Facebook Fundraiser for Erika’s Lighthouse

Erika's Lighthouse is a nonprofit organization that helps schools provide their students with the skills needed to talk to each other, to their parents, teachers and counselors. Our resources raise awareness, reduce stigma, educate students, promote good mental health...

Enlighten Learning Management System

Enlighten Learning Management System

Erika’s Lighthouse Enlighten Learning Management System is preparing school communities around mental health. We offer a variety of course selections and hope that this empowers your educators to feel like experts on Erika’s Lighthouse programs and resources. Here’s...

Report on Impact!  . . . But Why?

Report on Impact! . . . But Why?

Every program and resource from Erika’s Lighthouse is offered to schools free of charge. This is because of the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The only thing we ask is that you report on impact. Create an account and sign in to gain...

The Changemaker Network: How to Join & More

The Changemaker Network: How to Join & More

What is the Changemaker Network? The Changemaker Network is a new forum open for you to connect and post with other student mental health leaders. You can post the wonderful things you or your club is doing for mental health, get ideas from other student leaders, or...

Memorials

Memorials

Erika’s Lighthouse was founded following the loss of a 14-year-old girl who lost her life to her depression. When Erika died, her family and friends felt that the community did not have the knowledge or vocabulary to talk about depression and suicide. They came...