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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...

Field of Dreams Fundraiser

It's that time of year again. It's the Erika's Lighthouse spring fundraiser! This year's theme is "Field of Dreams," as we will be paying homage to America's favorite pastime, with nods to nostalgic baseball decor, refreshments, auction items and more! The event will...

“Press Play” – The Benefit of Play for Your Mental Health

Games can change the way we think and act in our real lives. Play is not only enjoyable, but it can improve mental health, boost creativity, and foster relationships. The beneficial aspects of games and play are explored in the Ted Radio Hour segment “Press Play,”...

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. Rather than fighting sadness, anger and other negative emotions, it’s...

Re-framing the Depression Narrative

Not very long ago, cancer—the big “C”—was a word people only whispered. Though it was common and it was serious, it was also very stigmatized, much like mental illness is today. Once treatments became more effective and people who had cancer started living in...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: Mental Health Policy

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...

5 Perspectives On Teen Depression: A Clinician’s Story

Depression can be an isolating illness. Despite progress in knowledge, stigma reduction, and treatment options, it is not uncommon for someone struggling with depression—or that person’s family and friends—to feel alone. The goal of this blog series is to break...