Tag: mental health

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 school teen depression awareness programs free of charge. This enables […]

Living With A Silent Disability

What does anxiety feel like? Heart pounding, unable to sleep, scared, restless; sounds like sitting in a scary movie, right? No, just a few of the feelings one gets when living with severe anxiety. Anxiety in and of itself is a disability. However, living with it and working to overcome it, I have found strengths […]

Giving Tuesday -You Make a Difference

Giving Tuesday is quickly approaching. Did you know that Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)? It is always five days after the US holiday. Giving Tuesday has been praised […]

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 in Schools – A School Counselor’s Letter

“THE ERIKA’S LIGHTHOUSE CURRICULUM WORKS!!!!”   So many of our students really listened and heard the message of your curriculum!!!  They heard it, they thought about what they’re feeling, and they asked for help! THEY ASKED FOR HELP!  That’s truly the whole point, right? Awareness, understanding, and not being afraid to confront what you’re feeling and […]