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Understanding Your Thoughts

Understanding Your Thoughts

Your thoughts play a huge role in how you feel and behave. A lot of times we aren’t even aware of how we are thinking and that is impacting our reactions and emotions. So the more you understand and recognize your thoughts the more power you have to shift your moods...

Shine A Light On Mental Health

Shine A Light On Mental Health

You have the power to help address the serious and increasing mental health challenges affecting teens today.  Shine a Light is your opportunity to help get depression out of the dark and to recognize, honor, and celebrate the people and events that are important to...

Join Us in Taking The Positivity Pledge

Join Us in Taking The Positivity Pledge

May is Mental Health Awareness month. It is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience. The staff at Erika’s Lighthouse is encouraging everyone to take the Positivity Pledge. The...

Classroom Accommodations For Students With Depression

Classroom Accommodations For Students With Depression

When a teen is struggling with depression, there should be an expectation of a certain level of disorganization, forgetfulness and trouble concentrating. The good news is, there are accommodations that can be made in order to help reduce some of those setbacks. Be...

Family Engagement – Another Step Towards Depression Awareness

Family Engagement – Another Step Towards Depression Awareness

Extend meaningful discussions around mental health from the classroom to the home by engaging parents and caregivers with these free resources. Every parent or caregiver can spread a message of hope and protect those who need it most. By connecting classroom education...

Get Involved: Join Our Young Adult Board

Get Involved: Join Our Young Adult Board

The Erika's Lighthouse Young Adult Board (YAB)  is composed of post-college members who host activities to raise funds and awareness about teen depression and mental health among their peers.  While Erika's Lighthouse is based out of Chicago, we invite members from...

Are We Really Connecting?

Are We Really Connecting?

The Social Challenge Today we live in a society where news and information are always at our fingertips. Communications of all kinds, photographs, information, and videos are available to download and view with just one click. We are bombarded with news, and these...

12 Phrases that Integrate Mental Health into PE

12 Phrases that Integrate Mental Health into PE

Physical Education is a key area to help bridge this divide with students. By highlighting the impact on their mental health while engaging in physical activity, students of all ages are able to understand that good physical health can promote good mental health....

Teaching Mindfulness: from a high school teacher’s perspective

Teaching Mindfulness: from a high school teacher’s perspective

  This year, probably one of the most challenging ones in my 20+ year career, has been all about shifting, pivoting, and adapting everything we know about education to present lessons on a screen. Our mission as educators has been to provide high-quality learning...

How to support CPS students worried about going back to school

How to support CPS students worried about going back to school

Chicago Public Schools is reopening classrooms for kindergarten through fifth grade Monday. Giving students a sense of transparency and protection is essential to smoothing this transition, mental health experts say. Some Chicago Public Schools students are counting...

You CAN Overcome

You CAN Overcome

Hey friend! Yes you! Chances are that if you stumbled across this post, you or someone you know is having a rough time right now. And maybe it’s been going on for a while.  There may be days where that depression hits hard, and you sit alone in your home with thoughts...

Team Resilience: Johnny Figel–Running For A Reason

Team Resilience: Johnny Figel–Running For A Reason

Team Resilience is comprised of all of the amazing athletes that have come together to support Erika's Lighthouse in the mission to Get Depression Out of the Dark. Our team ranges from twenty to seventy-year-olds, first-time runners, to marathon experts. What do they...

Why Mental Health Advocacy Is Important to Me

Why Mental Health Advocacy Is Important to Me

Teen mental health is a very important topic to me. As someone who has struggled, bringing light to the importance of advocacy for teens is something I believe is necessary. I have always been someone who has believed in the power of doing good. Raising awareness for...

The Sirens Are Blaring

The Sirens Are Blaring

The sirens are blaring and the lights are flashing - are schools paying attention? Article after article is warning us of a dangerous trend: adolescent anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation is rising: Starting in April 2020, emergency room visits for mental health...

Program Realignment to Create Cultural Change

Program Realignment to Create Cultural Change

Erika's Lighthouse is proud to announce a change to our programs for the 2021-22 School Year. Our Program Realignment initiative will create more integration between our programs to maximize interventions to generate real cultural change in schools. Watch our recent...