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WINNETKA, Ill. (WLS) -- Erika's Lighthouse is asking teens to take the Positivity Pledge in honor of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The Positivity Pledge Calendar includes themed weeks...
Welcome to Chicago North Shore Moms Local Nonprofit Spotlight, where we highlight and introduce a local nonprofit’s inception and mission. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and thus, CNSMoms is...
Erika's Lighthouse, a program designed to curb mental health and depression for younger adults, is hoping to bring awareness to North Carolina schools. After a year of young children and teenagers...
Chicago Public Schools is reopening classrooms for kindergarten through fifth grade Monday. Giving students a sense of transparency and protection is essential to smoothing this transition, mental...
How one school is coping with mental health: Social workers delivering technology, food and counseling to kids at home, and open office hours all day — even when school is out
Several times a week, Ericka Santiago-Diaz can be found driving around her low-income, underserved school community in New Jersey’s Asbury Park with bags of school supplies, replacement technology,...
At the beginning of the school year, Paige Gagerman was highly motivated. The Deerfield High School junior got dressed each day and set herself up for a day of school at her desk, or the kitchen....
I was walking in a small town on the island of Kauai last February when I received a call from Peter. After some small talk, Peter told me that the Princeton Club of Chicago wanted to award the John...
The pages of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School junior Sylvana Prieto’s leather journal are covered with messy doodles, notes and illustrations. Journaling is one of the many coping skills that...
Mental health groups mobilize virtual community for those isolated by coronavirus outbreak. ‘This is a lifeline for people’
While seemingly everyone retreated to their homes amid the global pandemic, Kaitlin wondered about the 15 people she saw every Thursday. They all lived with depression or bipolar disorder, and they...
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Erika’s Lighthouse is encouraging everyone to take the Positivity Pledge The Positivity Pledge includes themed weeks focused on nutrition and mindfulness...
It's been 26 days since Gov. J.B. Pritzker told Illinois residents to stay at home to blunt the spread of the COVID-19 virus and by now, you're likely feeling a touch of cabin fever.The truth is...
In addition to physical health concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the global pandemic is causing most people–especially children–mental health stress and concerns, too. With schools across...
Passing periods. The lunchroom. Softball practice. Musical rehearsals. It's not just history and science classes that are suddenly gone or switched from in-person to online formats for teens in high...
In an effort to help middle and high school students deal with issues related to teen depression, the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation has been training school staff to help them recognize the...
“Out of darkness, a beacon.” When Ginny Neuckranz and husband Tom lost their teenage daughter, Erika, to suicide, they made it their mission to turn her suffering and their grief into hope for other...
Kyle Anderson, a productive NBA small-forward on the Memphis Grizzlies who is approaching his sixth season, returned to his hometown of North Bergen, with plans to do more than catch up with...
An Orlando high school student recently killed herself in the high school auditorium after asking permission to go to the bathroom, and two survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...
As a longtime PE and health teacher at Carleton Washburne School in Winnetka, Victor Cooper said he is vigilant about spotting possible signs of depression in his students. “I look for the kid who...
In Recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Erika’s Lighthouse Asks Teens to Take the Positivity Pledge
April 26, 2021
Erika’s Lighthouse announced today that it is asking teens to take the Positivity Pledge this May in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The Positivity Pledge makes mental health empowerment fun and helps teens know that they are not alone. It includes themed weeks focused on nutrition and mindfulness along with a new challenge each day including Share Sunday, Mental Health Monday, Winning Wednesday, and Family Friends Friday. A full calendar is available here.
Erika’s Lighthouse to Discuss the Importance of Mental Health Education in Schools at the 2021 SHAPE America National Convention and Expo
April 12, 2021
Erika’s Lighthouse announced today that it will be making two presentations on the importance of mental health education in schools at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, which will be held virtually between Tuesday, April 13 and Saturday, April 17. Erika’s Lighthouse will also be virtually exhibiting at the event.
Depression Education From Erika’s Lighthouse Can Fill The Pressing Need For Mental Health Education Across The Country
March 3 2021
A recent poll from John Zogby Strategies found that teens overwhelmingly reported anxiety and depression as key factors for keeping them up at night. Read about how Erika’s Lighthouse programs can be incorporated into schools working to help teens in their school communities.
February 16, 2021
Watch Executive Director Brandon Combs speak about how Erika’s Lighthouse resources can help break stigma. Also, our school partner from Alan B. Shepard High School is featured talking about how school counseling services are available for students.
January 29, 2021
Brandon Combs, Executive Director of Erika’s Lighthouse, talks about the desperate need for mental health education in wake of COVID-19.
Depression education programming from Erika’s Lighthouse available for remote learning in the 2020-21 school year
January 5, 2021
Erika’s Lighthouse announced today that throughout the 2020 – 2021 school year, its free depression education programming has been made available for remote learning, hybrid environments, and the traditional classroom setting.
Erika’s Lighthouse Updates Its Depression Education Programming To Meet National Health Education Standards
August 25, 2020
Erika’s Lighthouse announced today, together with Cairn Guidance, the release of the newly-developed National Health Education Standards version of depression education programs for middle and high schools. This new program is now available on the Resource Portal and joins the library of existing classroom programs.
July 16, 2020
Erika’s Lighthouse announced today that it is the winner of the 2020 Community Builder Award from the Child Mind Institute as part of its annual Change Maker Awards.
April 29, 2020
Erika’s Lighthouse, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, promoting good mental health, and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues, announced today that it is encouraging everyone to take the Positivity Pledge in May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.
March 24, 2020
Erika’s Lighthouse is launching the “We’re In This Together” campaign to empower teens who feel isolated and alone during this unprecedented health crisis. It provides practical, meaningful tools to support teens through these uncertain times when many people around the world are self-isolating. These resources are available at www.erikaslighthouse.org/together.
Shine Light on Depression is a unique collaboration of organizations committed to raising awareness of depression and preventing suicide among young people. Our Director of Education, Ilana Sherman, teamed up with the American School Health Association (ASHA) and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) to promote this collaboration.
Every Sunday morning, 101.9fm The MIX presents special public affairs programming to address the issues and concerns facing the people of Chicago and its surrounding communities. Rather than focus on the problems we like to emphasize the solutions, so our locally-produced Hubbard Helps features conversations with Chicago-area officials, experts, and every day citizens who are working to make a difference in our communities.
Listen to this podcast. Our Executive Director, Brandon Combs is interviewed by Susan Wiencek of Hubbard Helps.
The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance will hold the conference between Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, CA. Staff from Erika’s Lighthouse will be at booth 305 and can discuss its free depression education programs.
March 4, 2019
Erika’s Lighthouse, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to announced today that it will be holding a celebratory event to celebrate its 15th Anniversary on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
WGN Midday News, August 15, 2018
Ginny and Tom Neuckranz, Co-founders and Board Members of Erika’s Lighthouse and Heather Freed, the executive director of Erika’s Lighthouse, visited WGN’s studios to talk about the importance of depression education in schools.
By Libby Elliott, The North Shore Weekend, April 28, 2018
Heather Freed always knows what to expect at the office in the days following a local or national tragedy involving teenagers.
“We see an uptick in people reaching out to us,” said Freed, executive director of Erika’s Lighthouse, the Winnetka-based non-profit founded nearly 15 years ago to educate school communities about teen depression. “It’s typically teachers, education administrators or kids wanting to start a discussion about the issue of depression in their school. Unfortunately, tragedy is sometimes the trigger that motivates them.”
By Mark Buciak, Chicago Athlete Magazine, May/June 2018
Erika’s Lighthouse is celebrating its 5th year as an official charity team of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Chicago Athlete features team member Kathleen Hooper’s experience running with the team. Go Team Erika’s Lighthouse!
By Alice York, Sheridan Road Magazine, April 1, 2018
What began as a parent’s response to a daughter’s tragic battle with depression has blossomed into Erika’s Lighthouse, a Winnetka-based organization armed with a passion to empower young people and those around them with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and cope with depression. Its annual gala, on Saturday, May 12, is what helps make it all possible.
By Julia Delacroix, Teaching Tolerance, February 26, 2018
“When talking with students about mass shootings, you can’t avoid addressing mental health. This TT staffer offers recommendations for ways you can talk about mental health with your students—without adding to the stigma already in place.” Erika’s Lighthouse is mentioned as a resource for schools to use to support students who might be struggling.
By Bremen District 228, Patch Contributor, Oak Forest Patch, September 26, 2017
Bremen High School Social Workers, in conjunction with P.E. teachers, have teamed up for a two-day presentation in all BHS freshmen Heath classes entitled, “Teen Depression: Stories of Hope & Health.” This marks the third year of District 228’s collaboration with Erika’s Lighthouse, a non-profit organization focused on depression awareness and suicide prevention.
By Cody McCrary, MySanAntonio.com, August 10, 2017
On Aug. 12, Kyle Anderson of the San Antonio Spurs will host the third annual Celebrate Life Day in his home state of New Jersey.
Anderson started Celebrate Life Day in 2015 after a close friend of Anderson’s, Paul Kim, died by suicide in 2014 during Anderson’s rookie season in San Antonio.
Proceeds from Celebrate Life Day will benefit Erika’s Lighthouse, an Illinois-based group that educates communities about teen depression, and a scholarship in Paul Kim’s name at his alma mater, Cliffside Park High School.
By Vince Gerasole, CBS News, April 24, 2017
Read and watch the news story in which Executive Director Heather Freed addresses the many questions on how to talk about “13 Reasons Why.”
By Kemmie Orquiz, Sheridan Road, April 11, 2017
“What began as a parent’s response to a tragic outcome of teenage depression has grown into a nationwide campaign to “Get Depression Out of the Dark.” Erika’s Lighthouse (ELH) continues to open up conversation and destigmatize depression, while providing knowledge and skills that families and teens can use to cope during trying times.”
By Karie Angell Luc, The Northbrook Star, June 29, 2016
“The annual GBN Fundraiser Tournament at Techny Prairie Park & Fields in Northbrook drew an estimated 250 people on June 26 to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention among youth. In its fourth year, the event raised $1,600 to benefit Erika’s Lighthouse of Winnetka and TotalLink2 Community of Northbrook.”
By Lauren Zumbach, Chicago Tribune reporter, October 23, 2013
“Picking up the phone can be tough for teens in crisis. A new hotline aims to make it easier by letting them seek help through their preferred mode of communication: texting.”