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Stress & anxiety of pandemic is taking its toll on youth – advice for families dealing with teen depression
May 1, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Erika’s Lighthouse is encouraging everyone to take the Positivity Pledge. Brandon Combs shared information about this campaign on WGN Live.
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.
By Laura Ascione, Managing Editor, eSchool News
“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.”
Here are some resources to use for anxiety and stress during a health pandemic. Erika’s Lighthouse is included on this list published by eSchoolNews.com.
April 14, 2020
“There are some good things I think that can some out of this,” Allison Pustelnik, a senior at Downers Grove North High School and a member of Erika’s Lighthouse Teen Empowerment Club, told our Marie Wilson. Read this Daily Herald article that highlights how Erika’s Lighthouse can help teens during this unprecendented time of staying at home.
April 6, 2020
Read this Daily Herald article that highlights how Erika’s Lighthouse resources are helping teens during this unprecendented time of staying at home.
Mental health groups mobilize virtual community for those isolated by coronavirus outbreak. ‘This is a lifeline for people’
April 3, 2020
Erika’s Lighthouse Executive Director Brandon Combs was interviewed for the Chicago Tribune article about organizations stepping in to provide resources and support during this time of isolation.
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.
Suffolk News-Herald, December 11, 2019
“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 signs in an effort to prevent suicide.” Read about how Erika’s Lighthouse programs are being spread into Virginia schools.
Sheridan Road Magazine, September 1, 2019
“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 families. It was in her name and spirit they founded Erika’s Lighthouse, a nonprofit based in Winnetka targeted at mental health awareness and education for teens.
Hudson Reporter, August 8, 2019
On Aug. 11 and 12, Anderson hosted a Celebrate Life Day basketball tournament and clinic. He began running the clinic and tournament a few years ago in the wake of a personal tragedy.
On Board, April 8, 2019
Recognizing the growing problem of depression in teens, New York state has mandated, since July 2018, that schools provide mental health education as part of the health curriculum.
Chicago Tribune, March 29, 2019
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.
Healthy Living, March 28, 2019
In 2004, Tom and Ginny Neuckranz, of Winnetka, Illinois, lost their 14-year-old daughter, Erika, to adolescent depression, a mental disorder that not many people were educated about at the time.
Make It Better, March 20, 2019
In 2004, Tom and Ginny Neuckranz, of Winnetka, Illinois, lost their 14-year-old daughter, Erika, to adolescent depression — a mental disorder that not many people were educated about at the time. “Within several weeks, with many friends helping, including friends of Erika, we decided to start an education program and put it in the schools if we could, and we have done that, to teach children about depression and de-stigmatize it,” says Tom Neuckranz.
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.”