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."
By Laura Tiebert, Make It Better, November 2012
“'My parents didn’t know it was depression. I fought with my mom a lot, but she assumed it was puberty.'”
"Erika's Lighthouse is excited to announce a new partnership with The Balanced Mind Foundation, formerly known as the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation. The Balanced Mind Foundation reaches out to teen and families internationally. This collaboration will help to bring a deeper understanding of childhood and adolescent depression, as well as our resources, to many more families."
"Through both public examples and private energies, the honorees exemplify the meaning of Loving Outreach."
(ELH isn't featured in this article...but the topic is still prominent today.)
By Jan Hoffman, New York Times, February 23, 2012
"Tom Neuckranz, a partner at Williams Montgomery & John, and his wife, Ginny, started Erika's Lighthouse, a nonprofit organization that teaches students, teachers and the community about childhood and adolescent depression, after the death of their daughter, Erika, in April 2004. The couple helped provide 50 middle and high schools with curriculum that addresses the illness."
By Amanda Robert, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, February 1, 2012
"You never know when a message will hit the right person at the right time in their fight against depression. Being recognized by the Service Club of Chicago means that many more people will know there is help and that they are not alone."
June 8, 2011
"Every day in Illinois, thousands of volunteers donate their time and talents to help others and to build stronger communities," said Governor Quinn. "We are recognizing these individuals for their initiative, creativity and energy that have made a positive change and have set an example for others to follow."
April 6, 2011
Erika's Lighthouse is very grateful for Ten and Counting for their support of our mission. Through efforts like theirs - kids helping kids - together we can bring an end to stigma and "Get Depression Out of the Dark." Help them help us - download "Iain's Song" now and pass the word!
A coalition of Evanston school officials, educators, mental health care professionals, community organizations and parents have come together to address these issues by co-sponsoring the forums with MHANS (Mental Health America North Shore).
These dedicated young Chicago professionals know breaking the stigma of depression will take time and hard work, so they're lacing up their sneakers, sucking down power drinks and planning a rigorous 12-week training regimen.
"I'd say suicide-prevention education is following the same path as drug prevention in the 1990s," said Christine Mitchell, state director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. "There's more resources ... more sharing of information. We need to stop whispering and start talking so kids can get the help they need."
By Lisa Black and Bonnie Miller Rubin, Tribune reporters, March 30, 2009
Written by parents for parents, the new Handbook is a valuable guide for every family dealing with depression. It is designed to enable parents to better understand their child's illness and be more effective in getting help.
Lake Forest High School's SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) sponsored a depression and suicide awareness week, aimed at educating students and community members and raising awareness about this often stigmatized illness.
By Pauline Forte, Chicago Sun Times, January 31, 2008
"Everybody deserves good mental health and we shouldn't be ashamed of that," Ginny says, "And each person can make a difference to change the future."
"The Neuckranzs are to be congratulated and thanked for their courage and service to help children who suffer from depression. Their work is truly a positive force in making life better for our community's children."
By Cicely Clarke Michalak, Pioneer Press
Seniors see their school put on a play they wrote about teen depression.
By Eileen O. Daday, Chicago Daily Herald, November 7, 2005