Category: School

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Early Decision, Regular Decision, Mental Health Decision: Teen Depression and the College Admissions Process

It’s May, the deadline when most universities ask students to confirm where they’re going to enroll for college for Fall 2019. As an adolescent psychotherapist, I hear all about the college admissions process and the stress that it puts on teens and their families. Some teens begin talking about these pressures as early as middle […]