Category: For Parents

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 […]

Running for a cause: Team Erika’s Lighthouse

15 years ago, my family lost a close friend. Erika Neuckranz lost her life to adolescent depression at just 14 years old. Erika was like a 3rd sister to me, similar in age to my two older sisters. She was our next door neighbor in Chicago, and one of the brightest spirits I can remember.  […]

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 […]

Celebrating 15 Years as A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

Erika’s Lighthouse is celebrating its 15 year anniversary! I can’t believe how much we’ve grown over the years. In 2004, after the loss of their daughter Erika, founders Ginny and Tom Neuckranz set out to prevent this from ever happening to another child. In April 2004, our first meeting was held and by May, Erika’s […]

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 […]