Share Your Story

Erika’s Lighthouse is looking for students to share their experiences with adolescent depression for our new Level II program video. 

You should currently be in middle school or high school and feel comfortable talking about your journey with depression. In addition to telling your story, we want to know about your interests, what coping strategies you use to stay mentally healthy, and what positive advice you have for other youth who may be struggling with depression.

This video may be used by any educator sharing Erika’s Lighthouse materials with their students, primarily grades 5-9. 

Our current Level II video was developed in 2014.  We are looking to maintain the same valuable information and positive messages, but update with stories that are relevant to today.

Three Part Application

Contact [email protected] with any questions.
Applications are 100% confidential and require parent/guardian consent

About Erika’s Lighthouse

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004. Our mission is to make sure no young person feels alone in their depression. We are dedicated to creating a community of empathy and education. We create mental health, depression and suicide awareness programs for grades 4-12 so educators, families and teens can create safe spaces to learn about mental health, letting students know they are never alone, and there is somewhere to turn.

Erika’s Lighthouse is a national organization and our classroom education materials impact hundreds of thousands of students across the United States every year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the video?

The purpose of this video is for other youth to hear stories like yours, promote help seeking, and reduce the stigma around mental health.

What is the time commitment?

December-November 2022- If selected, virtual interview with Erika’s Lighthouse staff

January 2023- Notify selected students 

Early spring 2023- Erika’s Lighthouse will host a virtual “welcome aboard” meet-n-greet

Spring/summer 2023- Interview and filming will take place with each student individually, which could take up to two days of your time. We anticipate 30 minutes of filming for the interview portion and a full day of “live” action shots. These live-action shots will be of you in your hometown, doing the typical things that you usually do; i.e. going to school, getting ice cream, and hanging out with your friends and family.

How do I apply?

Part 1: Students fill out the Google Form.

Part 2: Parent/guardian must fill out Part 2: Parent/Guardian Consent Form and return the completed form to [email protected].

Part 3: Students make a short video (up to 2 minutes) of themselves discussing their personal experience with depression and why they are interested in sharing their stories. Videos can be posted on this private Flipgrid page. Students may also use YouTube or another video format/platform if they choose. Please submit all information to [email protected]

What if I have questions?

Feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions!

Tell me more about Erika's Lighthouse

MISSION

Erika’s Lighthouse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health, and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

VISION

To make sure no young person feels alone in their depression by becoming the leading provider of teen depression awareness programs and resources in school communities.

PILLARS

In order to create inclusive school cultures, we offer school communities:

  • Classroom Education curricula for grades 4-12
  • Teen Empowerment through school clubs and turn-key activities
  • Family Engagement through workshops and our parent handbook
  • School Policy & Staff Development opportunities to improve school culture and attitudes around mental health

VALUES

We Believe In:

The Power of Programs with Impact
We are committed to de-stigmatizing depression and providing hope for young people who have it. Our innovative, evidence-informed classroom programs do more than raise awareness; they provide a structured model for youth to thrive and survive. Making a meaningful difference in the lives of teens with depression defines all we do and who we are.

The Power of Positivity
We believe in the power of positivity – it permeates our culture through our mission statement and how we engage with students, teachers, and administrators. Positivity, knowledge, and compassion create empowerment, and empowerment drives change and hope.

The Power of Programs that Spread
We are determined to make every community a beacon of hope, which is why all of our activities – from programs to engagements – are designed to be easily replicated and customizable for schools across the country, and the world.

The Power of Trust and Integrity
We deeply believe in what we do, and we believe in others. In all we do, we operate with integrity, trust, respect, and authenticity. We are resourceful, we are good stewards of the gifts we are given, and we always hold ourselves accountable. What we do truly matters.

The Power to Change the World
We know that empowered teens can change cultures, even deeply rooted ones. Through education, modeling, and positivity, our programs provide proven foundations for teens to create a thriving culture of compassion, support, and hope.

PHILOSOPHIES

  • Depression education is suicide prevention to identify more teens and intervene earlier.
  • Inclusive school cultures are essential to promote meaningful dialogue and help-seeking behavior.
  • Mental health is just as important as physical health.
  • Everyone deserves good mental health.