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Stay connected with Erika’s Lighthouse. Read personal stories, hear about program updates, explore ways to improve mental health and stay relevant with commentary on the latest topics.

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...

Self-Referral Cards

Self-Referral Cards

One of the important aspects of a tier 1 program according to Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) is that it connects students to support and offers a referral process. At Erika’s Lighthouse, we know that it is important to make help available to students who may...

Be a Professional Community Ambassador

Be a Professional Community Ambassador

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about youth mental health in elementary school, middle school, and high school communities at no cost to schools. Erika’s Lighthouse works to...

Becoming Sources of Strength with Erika’s Lighthouse

Becoming Sources of Strength with Erika’s Lighthouse

Sources of Strength in a School Community Erika's Lighthouse offers a variety of free resources that can help educators, families, staff and students serve as sources of strength in their communities and identify someone in need of help before a crisis. Classroom...

Mental Health Literacy in Schools

Mental Health Literacy in Schools

Erika's Lighthouse is a beacon of hope for schools seeking to create inclusive and supportive environments where mental health matters. Mental health literacy is defined as an understanding of common mental health disorders, how to maintain positive mental health,...

Team Resilience Marathons & DIY

Team Resilience Marathons & DIY

If you love Erika’s Lighthouse and are looking to combine supporting our mission and your endurance hobbies, then you must join our endurance program, Team Resilience! Team Resilience is a great way to challenge yourself, make a difference, and be part of a supportive...

Spreading Kindness with Erika’s Lighthouse Compliment Poster

Spreading Kindness with Erika’s Lighthouse Compliment Poster

Erika's Lighthouse is a non-profit organization that provides mental health education and resources to schools and communities. One of their many resources is the Compliment Poster, which is a free printable poster that can be used to spread kindness and positivity....

Empowerment Clubs

Empowerment Clubs

What programs or resources are included in Erika’s Lighthouse Empowerment Clubs? We offer opportunities for students to take on leadership roles in their schools through Official Empowerment Clubs, Affiliate Clubs and turn-key campaigns called Awareness into Action...

Improve Your Family’s Mental Health & Prepare for Next Year!

Improve Your Family’s Mental Health & Prepare for Next Year!

As we approach the end of another year, it's a good time to start thinking about how you and your family can improve your mental health in the year ahead. Prioritize your mental health and explore activities and practices that may work for each individual in your...

The Impact – End of Year Giving

The Impact – End of Year Giving

In February 2023, the CDC reported that an alarming 22% of young people said they had seriously considered suicide and stated, “The data make[s] it clear that young people in the US are collectively experiencing a level of distress that calls on all of us to act.” As...

Family Conversations: “Let’s Talk” During the Holiday Season

Family Conversations: “Let’s Talk” During the Holiday Season

The holidays can be a busy and sometimes stressful time for families, especially for children and teens. There are often long days and lots of changes in routine which can lead to increased stress. However, at times, the changes in routine also leave parents and...

The Role of Mental Health in Schools

The Role of Mental Health in Schools

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a small number of professionals, researchers and advocates questioning the role of mental health in schools. While we welcome new research, opinions and ways that our work in schools can be improved - we need to ensure the...

Resource Highlight: Help Seeking Worksheet

Resource Highlight: Help Seeking Worksheet

When you're struggling with mental health challenges, it can be tough to know where to turn for help. You may feel like you're all alone, or that you don't deserve help. You may also worry about what other people will think if you reach out for support. The...

Holiday Market Supporting Mental Health

Holiday Market Supporting Mental Health

Join us in support of Erika’s Lighthouse this holiday season!  Adolescent depression lives in the shadows. Young people facing it feel isolated and dangerously alone. Erika’s Lighthouse helps schools provide their students with the skills needed to talk to each other,...

State Expansion Through Community Ambassadors

State Expansion Through Community Ambassadors

"I am extremely satisfied with Erika's Lighthouse Program. As a new school social worker, I find their provision of numerous free resources to be invaluable, enhancing accessibility significantly. The program offers step-by-step instructions and training for...

Depression Education is Suicide Prevetion

Depression Education is Suicide Prevetion

Depression is a common mental illness that affects millions of people worldwide. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide....

Support Erika’s Lighthouse on Giving Tuesday

Support Erika’s Lighthouse on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that happens on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It's a chance to celebrate generosity and give back to the causes that matter to us. It has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give,...

2024 Marathons – Run for Depression Awareness

2024 Marathons – Run for Depression Awareness

Erika’s Lighthouse Team Resilience has been running to support Erika’s Lighthouse mission for 10 years. We’ve grown from just one local runner to having 122 Marathon participants in 2024!  Team Resilience is a group of amazing individuals who are dedicated to helping...