The team from The Dealing Deck, Adelle and Emma, discuss how their teen-founded business are tackling adolescent mental health challenges in schools. Ilana Sherman, MPH, Director of Education with Erika’s Lighthouse, then shares how Teen Empowerment Clubs around the world are changing school cultures by building inclusive communities around mental health.

About The Dealing Deck
The Dealing Deck was founded by 4 students attending Highland Park High School on a mission to educate their peers about healthy ways to cope with depression and anxiety as well as spread awareness.

Emma and Adelle are Co-CEOs and among 4 Co-Founders of The Dealing Deck. They are constantly challenging their own perception of mental health through connecting with local schools, organizations, professionals and their own peers, and they unite their community to initiate change through the The Dealing Deck and their involvement in the Mental Health America North Shore Youth Advisory Board. Emma hopes to study business management next year at college and Adelle hopes to pursue advertising and film/photography.

About Ilana
Ilana joined Erika’s Lighthouse in September 2019 as Director of Education. She has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ilana brings with her over 15 years of non-profit health education programming experience ranging from Outreach Coordinator to Director of Education. Ilana is excited to be part of Erika’s Lighthouse to help further the mission and empower preteens, teens, their caregivers and educators to learn and talk openly about adolescent depression. Follow her on LinkedIn.
About Erika’s Lighthouse
We are a not-for-profit dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Our vision is to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. To become the leading provider of teen depression awareness programs and resources in middle school and high school communities. Our free programs include classroom curriculum, teen clubs and parent engagement resources. Learn more at Erika’s Lighthouse.org.