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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.  […]

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 […]