Tag: support

White Paper: Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Implementing Effective Prevention Strategies

Download the White Paper > Abstract Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Model Language, Commentary, and Resources is the recognized policy for effective district-level engagement for suicide prevention in schools around the country. Developed by thought leaders in education and suicide prevention, it is the policy Erika’s Lighthouse has supported and shared since its […]

Finding Myself by Coming Out

Growing up, it didn’t take me long to notice that I was different then other boys… When my brother, who’s a year older than me, would grab for a G.I Joe or one of his Rescue Heroes, I had my eyes on the Barbies, the Beanie Babies, or any sort of Little Mermaid merchandise I […]

When the Casseroles Don’t Come

When our neighbor’s daughter had major surgery, I was struck with the number of people that came by regularly to drop off food and share resources.  It looked like a revolving door of casseroles, open ears and shoulders to cry on. But it is different if mental illness is affecting a child.  For parents, this […]

More than Manageable: Anxiety in Quarantine

When the COVID-19 crisis pushed us all indoors, I knew I was going to have an especially hard time handling my anxiety. Previously, I dealt with mental illness by keeping busy, surrounding myself with friends, and constantly moving forward. Basically, I would distract myself. But hey, it worked. A therapist might have called this avoidance, […]

The Importance of Using the Right Words

How many times have you heard a friend at school or on social media talk about the “mental breakdown” they had last night over a project, or the “panic attack” when they realized they didn’t submit an assignment, or how they were “really depressed” or “having really bad anxiety”? Chances are we all know someone […]