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None of this is Normal

None of this is Normal

Loneliness - An epidemic that might grow in the time of Covid 19 There was a recent study out from Cigna that spoke to loneliness being a serious and growing issue among adults. I can’t imagine it is much different for our youth.  The study shared both the serious...

Missing the Rituals of Departure

Missing the Rituals of Departure

Today from a Teenager's Point of View It seems like it was just yesterday I walked into high school, a freshman in awe of all that was ahead of me. I looked at the seniors and thought they seemed so old, so cool, so comfortable with who they were. I couldn’t wait to...

To the Class of 2020-Your Loss Matters

To the Class of 2020-Your Loss Matters

We were in the home stretch, the last two months of school for my two Seniors-one in high school, one in college. We were talking about all of the lasts and all of the firsts to come. We were planning graduation parties and an extended family trip to Italy to visit...

Coronavirus and Anxiety

Coronavirus and Anxiety

Is All of the Talk About the Coronavirus Increasing Anxiety? Coronavirus is all anyone is talking about - friends, family, every TV channel, and all social media (and now us too!). But - unlike many other voices and posts - Erika’s Lighthouse won’t add to your...

We Are Here For You

We Are Here For You

The importance of mental health -- especially now Many schools are taking proactive measures, shutting their doors and moving to remote learning environments. In the face of a public health crisis, it is equally important to monitor physical health as well as mental...

Driving Cultural Change Through Conversation

Driving Cultural Change Through Conversation

In a bright, cheery classroom students are buzzing as they prepare for the beginning of class. Many of the teens might be happily chatting, texting, or goofing around - however, at least a few are trying their best to pretend to be happy, while others are outright...

Looking Good on Paper — But At What Cost?

Looking Good on Paper — But At What Cost?

If you talk to any high school junior and senior today they would tell you these are some stressful times. The only thing adults seem to be able to talk to them about is what’s next? Where are you going to school? What are you going to study? How are your grades? Have...

Lost to Found: A Teacher’s Story

Lost to Found: A Teacher’s Story

Growing up I never understood why I felt different. Now, as a teacher at a high school, I see students like me every day. While in high school, I was a three sport athlete, involved in multiple clubs, and even made prom court. I had a large group of close knit friends...

We Are Watching YOU

We Are Watching YOU

The series You is the current Netflix sensation. The premise of this series is about a dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by. He studies their behaviors, watches them,...

This One’s For You-The Tired Parent

This One’s For You-The Tired Parent

You’ve heard it all before. During the monotonous long line of safety procedures before taking off to your final destination, the stewardess stands up in front of the aircraft and announces to the passengers, “Please place the oxygen mask over yourself before...

Love Actually

Love Actually

When we think about love and how it connects to our personal well-being, there are strong indicators that suggest it is better to love than to not love.

Engaging Volunteers: Empowering Communities

Engaging Volunteers: Empowering Communities

Erika’s Lighthouse was founded over 15 years ago on the passion and hard work of families, friends and a local community coming together to turn loss into action. Those passionate volunteers, many who are still with us today, drove the organization forward and created...

Running For A Reason

Running For A Reason

The New Year and resolutions go together. Most people want to be better versions of themselves--eat better, exercise more, volunteer more... . If running or fitness is on your list, we have great news for you! When you join Team Resilience, Erika’s Lighthouse will...

Get Depression Out of the Dark

Get Depression Out of the Dark

Why we do what we do Erika’s Lighthouse was founded in 2014, with a mission to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. We are dedicated to creating a community of empathy and education. We have created professional, evidence-informed middle and high...

Broken Open

Broken Open

Nine years ago, my son T.J.’s death shattered my soul. Reflecting on the days and weeks following his death I remember a push and pull deep inside moving me forward on a wave of love and kindness.

Continuously Striving to Reach New Populations

Continuously Striving to Reach New Populations

As we close out 2019 and look ahead to 2020 and beyond, Erika’s Lighthouse is excited about new possibilities and reaching new populations. Over the past few years, Erika’s Lighthouse has successfully implemented classroom-based programming in diverse school districts...