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Back To School During A Pandemic

Back To School During A Pandemic

If 2020 has taught us one thing it is that we need to be flexible and resilient as everything is changing, sometimes even daily. Words we have heard more than we ever thought possible include unprecedented, social distancing, pandemic, masks, etc.When it comes to...

Every Step I Take In Memory

Every Step I Take In Memory

On September 26th, 2017 my world forever changed; my little brother, my best friend, had passed away. Nathaniel John Bauer was only 19 years old. He was a sophomore in college, still unsure of what to do with his life, but he knew he wanted to change the world....

The Power of You: Creating Inclusive Communities

The Power of You: Creating Inclusive Communities

Over the years we have seen incredible research showing the power of a trusted adult in the life of young people. Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child released a study saying, “Every child who winds up doing well has had at least one stable and committed...

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Shared Vocabulary

RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT: Shared Vocabulary

At Erika’s Lighthouse, we understand that discussing depression can be a challenging topic. As an educator or social worker, you are considered a trusted adult to the students who come to you. And while we realize this isn’t always part of your typical lesson plan, we...

2019-20 End of School Year Report

2019-20 End of School Year Report

Download the report  Erika's Lighthouse is so proud of the amazing work accomplished this past school year. Educating over 218,000 students is just the beginning and we look forward to having you join us on our journey.

We’re In This Together: New Year, New Challenges, New Resources

We’re In This Together: New Year, New Challenges, New Resources

It feels like just yesterday we were ringing in 2020 and looking forward to a bright new year and new opportunities. But it simultaneously feels like forever since schools went to remote learning and the world stopped for COVID-19. What a difference just a few months...

Decoding the Secret Message

Decoding the Secret Message

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages10-24, making up 19.2% of all deaths among young people in 2017? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates for people aged 10 to 24 increased by 56...

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...