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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Depression is not a bad word, nor is it a diagnosis to be ashamed of a diagnosis. Chances are, every day you encounter a person with a mental health disorder. In fact, depression is the most common mental health disorder in teens. Did you know that: Each year, 1 in 8...

Finding Myself by Coming Out

Finding Myself by Coming Out

Growing up, it didn’t take me long to notice that I was different then other boys… When my brother, who’s a year older than me, would grab for a G.I Joe or one of his Rescue Heroes, I had my eyes on the Barbies, the Beanie Babies, or any sort of Little Mermaid...

Spreading Hope, Saving Lives

Spreading Hope, Saving Lives

It seems as if lately we cannot escape the media captivation with the topic of youth suicide, and more specifically, why it happens. The recent pandemic has stressed that depression and anxiety will be elevated and mental health will be affected by the sudden changes...

Food Is Thy Medicine

Food Is Thy Medicine

So you are feeling depressed. Getting out of bed is hard enough and maybe coffee is all you can handle in the morning. By the time lunch rolls around you are tired and preparing a sandwich and chips is all you can do. I get it. When depression sets in, many of us...

Racism, Mental Health & Challenging Conversations

Racism, Mental Health & Challenging Conversations

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless others that came before have once again displayed the individual, systemic and institutional racism that exists in our society. We all have a role in addressing and correcting our history’s...

When the Casseroles Don’t Come

When the Casseroles Don’t Come

When our neighbor’s daughter had major surgery, I was struck with the number of people that came by regularly to drop off food and share resources.  It looked like a revolving door of casseroles, open ears and shoulders to cry on. But it is different if mental illness...

Changing With The Times

Changing With The Times

Everything changed so fast and so completely. Now - two months in - we are all probably fairly well adjusted to it all. We are not necessarily enjoying it or thriving in it, but we have changed the way we are managing the day-to-day and we are getting by.  We have...

We Got This

We Got This

We got this... my go-to saying for the past 18 months now has another meaning. I’ve said it hundreds of times as my now 10 year old goes through the process of kicking cancer’s butt. October 16, 2018 was a day that changed my life. My son, who was just getting into...

Accepting Our Uncertain Futures

Accepting Our Uncertain Futures

Just over two months ago our lives were changed - possibly forever. We’ve all had to adapt to a new way of seeing friends, spending time with family, going to school, educating students, doing business or any other face-to-face communication we used to take for...

More than Manageable: Anxiety in Quarantine

More than Manageable: Anxiety in Quarantine

When the COVID-19 crisis pushed us all indoors, I knew I was going to have an especially hard time handling my anxiety. Previously, I dealt with mental illness by keeping busy, surrounding myself with friends, and constantly moving forward. Basically, I would distract...

Feeling the Loss of Our Village

Feeling the Loss of Our Village

Over the years, my family has built a village of support for our children of wonderful teachers, coaches, babysitters, neighbors, and friends who supported our entire family every week. One of the most significant losses we feel during this time of isolation is the...

Mother’s Day—A Shift in Perspective

Mother’s Day—A Shift in Perspective

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Since the death of my son T.J. Mother’s Day has taken on a completely different meaning for me. In the first few years...

The Importance of Using the Right Words

The Importance of Using the Right Words

How many times have you heard a friend at school or on social media talk about the “mental breakdown” they had last night over a project, or the “panic attack'' when they realized they didn’t submit an assignment, or how they were “really depressed” or “having really...

Think Positive, Be Positive

Think Positive, Be Positive

I am currently working as the school social worker for Indian River Charter High School. My job has changed recently due to no longer being on school campus. I am no longer able to meet face to face with students and provide support to those struggling with mental...

Building Calm, Giving Self-Compassion, and Staying Connected

Building Calm, Giving Self-Compassion, and Staying Connected

To keep out of the dark spaces of anxiety and depression I need these three things right now: calm spaces, self-compassion, and staying connected to family and friends Building Calm I need to build calm because my house is not set-up for remote work, crisis...

Take the Positivity Pledge

Take the Positivity Pledge

Over the course of the past few months we, the Board, Staff and volunteers at Erika’s Lighthouse, have joined in the collective shock, anxiety, stress, sense of loss and the range of other emotions we have all experienced through these uncertain times. We have...

Things I Never Thought I Would Say At Work

Things I Never Thought I Would Say At Work

  We are all operating differently these days. Not only are we trying to manage our own jobs remotely, many of us are also part-time (amatuer) teachers. I can’t wait to update my resume to include that new job title as well. My guess is nobody will ever say...