Category: Coping with Depression

Mental Health Education Mandated Laws

Physical education is required in schools, but what about mental health? Last Fall, New York and Virginia became the first two states to implement a new law which mandates mental health education in schools. This Summer, Florida also made mental health classes mandatory in public schools. Mary Ellen Elia, New York’s State Education Commissioner, says […]

The First Ever “Beacon Award”

It’s been an incredible 15 years and we want to share with you Peggy Kubert’s, Director of Education, acceptance speech for “The Beacon Award,” which she gave at this year’s gala! I am honored and proud to have played a part in the shaping of Erika’s Lighthouse for the last 13 years.  Even before I […]

Riding the Wave: DBT and Distress Tolerance

A surfer doesn’t fight the powerful ocean wave; he moves with the wave riding its natural tide. “Riding the wave” is also a psychological practice of surfing your own powerful and negative emotions. Fighting emotions such as sadness and anger delays the acceptance of these emotions. Riding the wave is about allowing your emotions to […]

New Year, New You: Exercise and Health

I have struggled with food and weight for longer than I could remember. I always wanted dessert and lots of it! I was constantly overeating and I was moody, sad and displayed symptoms of depression. Eventually, I gave up and stopped caring about my health. I always wished I could just eat whatever I want […]

When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go to School: Teen Depression and School Refusal

It is not uncommon for a child or teen with depression to avoid or refuse to go to school. Inability or reluctance to wake up and get dressed in the morning, frequent visits to the school nurse, skipping class, or frequent complaints of physical pain and sickness such as headaches, stomach aches, nausea, or diarrhea […]

FALL into Good Mental Health

Fall. The leaves start changing. The temperature drops. Sunrise and sunset times shift. Routines change— some with the start of the new school year and others with work, new projects, and new friends. This could be a time that we are confronted with situations that feel overwhelming and it can also be a time to […]