Empower Your Students to Change the World

We provide mental health resources teachers can use to educate young people about adolescent depression.
This is the classroom-based education teens need to empower themselves and each other.

Educate Students

Educate students through our turn-key, authentic and free classroom programs.
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Empower Teens

Teen-led initiatives create positive school cultures and promote good mental health.
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Build Community

Create an inclusive, empathetic and knowledgeable community through events and engagement.
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Benefits of Using Erika’s Lighthouse Resources

Our materials are free and ready to use. We believe everyone should have access to tools to help teens learn about depression.

Fighting adolescent depression requires compassion, empathy, and education. Our depression education programs provide teachers with youth-oriented materials that raise awareness, encourage conversation, promote early identification and prevention, and help show adolescents that they are never alone.

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Taking the stigma out of adolescent depression is our passion and our expertise.

You’re the experts on your students. We’ll meet you where you are, and can empower adolescents to Get Depression Out of the Dark, together.

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Educate Students

Depression is real, common, serious and treatable. Help students develop help-seeking skills and know that they are not alone.

The heart of Erika’s Lighthouse and the foundation for change is education. Through our Classroom Programs we are driven to offer valid and reliable resources that educate and empower. You can take the first step by creating an account on our Resource Portal. Your account will grant you access to all of our materials, which are all free of cost.

  • Video-based Classroom Programs for middle school and high school
  • Professional Development and Staff Support webinars and materials
  • Teen Empowerment Club documents
  • Parent and Community Education materials

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Empower Teens

Teens have the power to change the world by shifting their school’s culture to be more positive, inclusive and empathetic on issues surrounding mental health. Erika’s Lighthouse Teen Empowerment Clubs and Awareness into Action Activities are designed as easy, flexible, and turn-key opportunities to:

  • Raise awareness
  • Reduce stigma
  • Allow teens to lead peer-to-peer activities about good mental health, depression and other mental health challenges

Our team is here to help you every step of the way in making positive changes in your school building.

Learn more about Teen Empowerment Clubs today >

Build Community

Bring your community together and support Erika’s Lighthouse and depression education with community awareness activities and events.

You can demonstrate the power and passion behind mental health awareness by hosting a community event. Erika’s Lighthouse provides tools, resources and support to host a walk or another fundraising event. Bringing your community together in support of positive teen mental health, reducing stigma and raising awareness are amazing opportunities to mark special occasions or memorialize someone or something.

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The videos are well done. The kids find them authentic and, because of the diversity, can see a face they recognize. The materials are affordable, well thought out and easy to use. They’re flexible and have no rigidity about how they’re to be used. Erika’s Lighthouse supplies resources offering an easy way to talk to kids about how to stay mentally healthy. No one is putting out these kinds of materials right now, and trying to create them on my own would be impossible.

Harry Brown, MA, LMFT

Teacher and Counselor, Mercer Island Middle School and Mercer Island Youth & Family Services

Working With Educators To Get The Most Out Of Our Depression Education Programs

We don’t believe anyone should be alone when dealing with adolescent depression. You won’t be on your own when teaching it.

We don’t think you need to be a mental health professional to encourage awareness about mental health. We can support you to make our free and accessible programs easily usable by anyone at any school. Our goal is to get you the tools and resources you need to Get Depression Out of the Dark

We Support You to Make the Program Your Own

Remote Support

Connect with our staff from wherever you are. Ask questions and get ideas on how to adapt your program. We’re only a few clicks away.

Professional Development

We offer on-demand webinar trainings that can be completed as a group or self-guided. Coupled with our other supports for schools we are strong partners in your mental health initiatives. All are available for free on the Resource Portal.

Conference Presentations

Find us at educational conferences around the country to get a look into our programs and so that we can connect with you.

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

The 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 creation.

Erika’s Lighthouse depression education programming is uniquely qualified to assist in meeting not only suicide prevention recommendations but go beyond suicide prevention to embrace school mental health. Depression education is a more upstream, suitable alternative for many schools implementing programs because it seeks to educate, support and empower all students, including those struggling with mental health conditions and suicidal ideation.

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Working With You

Your students are unique. Your classroom is unique. Your needs are unique. Once you commit to using our programs in your school or community, we provide complimentary support to help you:

  • Personalize the program for your building
  • Personalize the program for your students
  • Adapt the program to your time constraints
  • Adapt the program year by year
  • Find the discussion questions that work best for you
  • Fit our program into non-traditional classroom structures

Create an account to learn more about how our free videos, lessons, and activities are the right match for your school.

Come See Us At Conferences

We exhibit and present at educational conferences around the country both virtually and in person to share about our programs and to connect with more educators and administrators. Visit us!

2020
Sept. 30-Oct. 2: American School Health Association Conference
Oct. 29-30: Illinois Association of School Social Workers Conference
Nov. 1-2: Illinois School Counselor Association Conference
Nov. 2-3: MAHPERD State Convention

2021
Mar. 8-11: New York State AHPERD Conference
Mar. 24-27: School Social Work Association of America Conference

Taking the stigma out of adolescent depression is our passion and our expertise.

You’re the experts on your students. We’ll meet you where you are, and can empower adolescents to shine a light on depression, together.

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