Category: Education

Conant High School Sets Sail with a New Program, Erika’s Lighthouse

District 211 has adopted a new program, Erika’s Lighthouse, this school year to shed light on mental health issues. Erika’s Lighthouse is a local program that facilitates discussion, education and raising awareness of mental health issues such as depression and suicide at school. According to their website, “Adolescent depression lives in the shadows. Young people […]

Embracing Diversity & Inclusion in Depression Education

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is determined and dedicated to providing high-quality classroom-based programs to raise awareness and understanding of depression and suicide awareness. The goal is to promote help-seeking behavior – to ensure teens locate and receive the support they need to thrive. In this effort, it is our responsibility […]

Mental Health in Schools – A School Counselor’s Letter

“THE ERIKA’S LIGHTHOUSE CURRICULUM WORKS!!!!”   So many of our students really listened and heard the message of your curriculum!!!  They heard it, they thought about what they’re feeling, and they asked for help! THEY ASKED FOR HELP!  That’s truly the whole point, right? Awareness, understanding, and not being afraid to confront what you’re feeling and […]

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 […]