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2020-21 School Yearbook

2020-21 School Yearbook

Check out our latest school-year Annual Report: the Yearbook. 2020-21 Yearbook Annual Report

Art Auction Benefits Winnetka Youth Mental Health Nonprofit

Art Auction Benefits Winnetka Youth Mental Health Nonprofit

WINNETKA, IL — A Glencoe-based artist is using her work to support a local nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about teen mental health and depression. Angelina Vivant has collaborated with Winnetka-based Erika's Lighthouse to auction off an oil...

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Shining Light for Childhood-Teen Depression

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Shining Light for Childhood-Teen Depression

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Shining Light For Childhood-Teen Depression Kiwanis International, Local Nonprofit Establish Partnership By Denise Fleischer | on September 01, 2021 You can view the article HERE Kiwanis International recently announced a new partnership with...

Start the year with Erika’s Lighthouse – Back in School

Start the year with Erika’s Lighthouse – Back in School

After a year like no other, students and faculty are getting ready to go back to school. We understand that the end of the summer and the start of the school year can be stressful for students under normal conditions, and this year may add additional challenges. We...

Join Us On Our Journey

Join Us On Our Journey

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 efficiency and effectiveness that supports real cultural change in schools.We...

Five Reasons To Start A Teen Empowerment Club

Five Reasons To Start A Teen Empowerment Club

An Erika’s Lighthouse Teen Empowerment Club is a school club that empowers and educates to eliminate stigma. In a Teen Empowerment Club, students are given a chance to make a difference in their school and normalize mental illness, promote good mental health and build...

Kiwanis and Key Club International Partner With Erika’s Lighthouse

Kiwanis and Key Club International Partner With Erika’s Lighthouse

We are excited to partner with Kiwanis International and Key Clubs around the world to bring mental health awareness to school communities everywhere! When was the last time you had a conversation with your peers or your teachers about mental health? Did any of your...

5 Reasons Your School Needs Erika’s Lighthouse Free Programming

5 Reasons Your School Needs Erika’s Lighthouse Free Programming

Mental illness and suicide are closely connected. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “90% of young people who die of suicide have a mental health condition at the time of their death”. This demonstrates that suicide prevention programming...

Depression Education IS Suicide Prevention

Depression Education IS Suicide Prevention

One of the unique aspects of Erika’s Lighthouse programming is that we believe that depression education is suicide awareness and prevention. When Erika’s Lighthouse began, conversations around good mental health were rarely if ever discussed in the classroom. Our...

Raise Awareness for Teen Mental Health

Raise Awareness for Teen Mental Health

Erika’s Lighthouse has grown in the past 17 years from providing mental health education to a few suburban Chicago schools to now providing a comprehensive mental health education program to more than 1 million students nationwide. The Erika’s Lighthouse community...

Introducing Simple Summer Positivity Practices

Introducing Simple Summer Positivity Practices

It’s summer break time! It can be a huge relief to have the day-to-day pressures of the school year behind you. At the same time, summer’s looser structure can sometimes leave you feeling lonely or out of sorts. The Erika’s Lighthouse community knows that positive...

Positivity Pledge Prevails

Positivity Pledge Prevails

Last month, more than 375 students, parents, and educators took the Erika’s Lighthouse Positivity Pledge. That is at least 11,625 acts of putting some positivity in the world. How great is that?? Many thanks to all of you who signed the pledge and those who engaged...

Implementing The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

Implementing The Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: ALIGNING YOUR TEAM An important part of a well-rounded school policy around suicide prevention is alignment across various levels within a school or district, including all staff. Students spend most of their time each day in school and, for...

The Relaxing Days of Summer

The Relaxing Days of Summer

Parents and educators are as ‘over’ this school year as the students are. The Erika’s Lighthouse team has read countless parent posts on various websites saying the same thing; they are beside themselves witnessing their once-strong student now struggling or losing...

Team Resilience – Runner, Volunteer and Young Adult Board Member

Team Resilience – Runner, Volunteer and Young Adult Board Member

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...

Go Light Your World

Go Light Your World

I have often felt that the month of May in a school year is busy, even more so than December and all of those holidays, shopping, preparations, and planning. This year, May felt like a climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius, followed by a marathon sprint to the finish...

Erika’s Lighthouse urges teens to take Positivity Pledge

Erika’s Lighthouse urges teens to take Positivity Pledge

 WINNETKA, Ill. (WLS) -- Erika's Lighthouse is asking teens to take the Positivity Pledge in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The Positivity Pledge Calendar includes themed weeks and daily challenges. The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois are bringing...