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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...

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...