Be An Advocate For Depression Awareness Education

Raise Awareness

Recognizing the signs of adolescent depression in your children starts with being open to conversation and knowing there is nothing to be ashamed of.

Promote Education

You can be empowered and advocate for our hopeful and authentic depression awareness programs to be brought to your child’s school or community.


Create an Account

Build Empathy

Seek to understand what your child is going through, be prepared to talk to them on their own terms. Be a set of ears, a shoulder, and a helping hand. Be there for them.

Equipping Parents to Break the Stigma

Depression in teens is common. Every parent can help spread a message of hope and protect those who need it most.

15-20% of young people will have a depressive incident sometime before adulthood. When that happens, they can feel lost, alone, and scared. They may feel there is no one to talk to. They may feel their options are limited.

We know that parents can help push education in their community and open up the conversation to help break stigma. We know that, together, we can get your child, and children across the country, access to tools and resources in their schools.

Parent Handbook on Childhood and Teen Depression

Introducing the Second Edition of our parent-to-parent guide about teen depression offering basic information about depression and practical advice to help families navigate treatment, school support, medication and much more.

Designed To Help

How Can I Recognize Depression in My Child?

Like your child, every case of adolescent depression is unique. But there are some common behaviors that indicate depression could be at play.

  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • Problems getting to school
  • A drop in grades
  • Physical aches and pains
  • A change in friends
  • Running away
  • Reckless behavior
  • Lack of attention to appearance or hygiene
  • Aggression

Don’t chalk these up to bad behavior. They could be signs of something real, serious and treatable. Step in before it’s too late.

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After my son died, Erika’s Lighthouse was a beacon of hope to me. The resources are exceptional, especially the Parent Handbook, videos and blog. The information I received from Erika’s Lighthouse allowed me to forgive myself for what I didn’t know and what I didn’t understand. I no longer felt alone, but realized there was a whole community in Erika’s Lighthouse that understood what our family went through and who could provide help and hope to so many others. The multitude of resources are friendly and non-intimidating so people are motivated to learn more and not feel so overwhelmed.

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What Do Erika’s Lighthouse Programs Look Like?

Take a look at what your kids are learning through our programs or read our resource for parents by: 

  • Checking out our classroom program teaser video
  • Setting up an account to view all materials
  • Downloading our Parent Handbook on Childhood and Teen Depression

Our programs and materials are designed to be teen-friendly, speaking in an authentic and hopeful tone. You can view all of our classroom program materials in our Resource Portal.

Erase The Stigma of Adolescent Depression

Help promote our classroom programs or take a look at what your kids are learning in school.

Learn About Our Programs