Give Voice
for Suicide Prevention

Kick-off the year with a campaign to promote good mental health, help-seeking and an inclusive school culture!

Click Here >

take the positivity pledge

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

End your school year with messages about good mental health by challenging staff and students to take the pledge to put some good in the world for 31 days.

Learn more >

 

student portal

Welcome !

Thank you for being a champion for mental health for your family. Our resources are designed to be used by schools to promote an inclusive school culture around mental health. We establish shared vocabulary and values between educators, students and families. But, our Family Engagement materials are designed for you – so please use them.

Thank you for supporting your young person.

Important Updates

NEW! Mental Health Student Leadership Academy Located in the Empowerment Clubs section below, students can watch the newly updated videos (by a fellow high school student!) to complete the training in three parts: Mental Health 101, Being a Trusted Peer, and How to be a Mental Health Leader. Each module is 10-15 minutes in length and includes discussion questions.

Empowerment Club Info Webinar Listen to this webinar to learn about how you can start a Teen Empowerment Club, the benefits of a club, and more! Vimeo | YouTube

The Four Pillars: Check out our new section below, The Four Pillars, which highlights how schools can incorporate all four of our primary offerings (Classroom Education, Teen Empowerment, Family Engagement and Staff Development) to truly make a change in their communities in the area of mental health.

NEW! ChangeMaker Network: Use the Erika's Lighthouse ChangeMaker Network to collaborate, share, discuss and support mental health in clubs across the country. Introduce yourself and your club, meet others, share what your club is going, get your questions answered and more…

Family Engagement

Erika's Lighthouse equips school communities to effectively and meaningfully engage and educate families, parents and caregivers. Educators and school professionals can leverage these workbooks, workshops and resources so families can be ready and prepared to be mental health partners at home. The Family Engagement pillar was updated through a generous grant from the Imagine Learning Foundation.

Family Engagement Planning & Implementation

Plan & Implementation

Family Engagement
Four Pillar Scope & Sequence

Family Letter/Emails

Make a copy of the template and customize for your school!
Introductory Letter/Email (Spanish)
Follow-Up Letter/Email (Spanish)

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

Family Engagement & Education

NEW Family Workbook Series

One: We All Have Mental Health 
English | Spanish

Two: Concerned About Your Child
English | Spanish

Three: Getting Help
English | Spanish

Supplemental Resources:
Family Workbook Bookmark (English/Spanish)
Good Mental Health Plan (Spanish)
Building Resiliency  (Spanish)
Resiliency, Hopefulness & Happiness (Spanish)
At-Risk Populations (Spanish)
Trusted Adults Worksheet  (Spanish)
Let's Talk. A Conversation Guide for Families (Spanish)
Taking Note of Your Concerns (Spanish)
Criteria for Diagnosing Depression (Spanish)
Criteria for Diagnosing Anxiety  (Spanish)
Sharing Information with Family/Caregivers (Spanish)
Sharing Information with Older Siblings (Spanish)
Sharing Information with Younger Siblings  (Spanish)

Parent Handbook on Childhood and Teen Depression
English | Spanish | Bookmark


Family Workshops

Family Workshop I: We All Have Mental Health
On-Demand Virtual Workshop (Spanish)
English Vimeo | YouTube
Spanish Vimeo | YouTube

DIY In-Person Workshop
Facilitator's Guide (Spanish)
Slideshow (Spanish)
Level I Video: English | Spanish

Program Evaluation: Google Survey

Family Workshop II: Depression & Suicide
On-Demand Virtual Workshop (Spanish)
English Vimeo | YouTube
Spanish Vimeo | YouTube

DIY In-Person Workshop
Facilitator's Guide (Spanish)
Slideshow (Spanish)
Level II Video | Level III Video

Program Evaluation: Google Survey

Awareness into Action Activities for Families

Mental Health Bingo  (Spanish)
Simple Ways to Boost Your Mental Health (Spanish)
Deep Breathing Techniques  (Spanish)
Family Conversation Journal  (Spanish)
Circle of Control  (Spanish)
5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Techniques  (Spanish)
Kindness Flowers  (Spanish)
Mindfulness Jars  (Spanish)
Word Breathing  (Spanish)
How do you feel today? (Spanish)
Good Mental Health Week (Spanish)
Feelings Thermometer (Spanish)


Engage

Family Letter/Email Templates
Introductory Letter/Email (Spanish)
Follow-Up Letter/Email (Spanish)
Make a copy of the template and customize for your school!

Intervention Language for Family
 (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)

Depression Discussion Guide (Spanish)


Universal Resources Across Programs

Managing Your Depression (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Mental Health Checklist (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Positive Coping Mechanisms (Spanish)
Shared Vocabulary (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Warning Signs and Symptoms (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)


By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

Community Ambassadors

The Erika's Lighthouse Community Ambassadors are dedicated volunteers and organizations helping spread awareness about Erika's Lighthouse free resources to school communities around the country. Below are all the resources you'll need.

 

Introduce Erika's Lighthouse
Prepare

Program Overview
Learn more about being a Community Ambassador.

Mandatory Training
Complete the mandatory training webinar. After completion you will be formally registered as an Erika's Lighthouse Community Ambassador.

Process Overview
Please know we are looking for introductions and portal accounts. Our Education Team will work with schools to help facilitate any implementation that schools may need.

Optional: Telling Your Story, Our Way
This additional training focuses on how you can weave your personal story and experiences into the mission of Erika's Lighthouse.

Make Contact

Email Template to Schools
Customize this template to email educators, schools or districts that you may know or are near you. Include the flyer below to share additional information.
Erika's Lighthouse Printable Flyer
The Erika's Lighthouse Advantage

Present

Introducing Erika's Lighthouse
This slideshow is designed for you to reach out to educators, schools and districts. It features a script in the notes of each slide that you can use. Feel free to make a copy and customize this presentation.
Erika's Lighthouse Printable Flyer
The Erika's Lighthouse Advantage


Resources

Check out these additional materials that you may wish to share with prospective schools.
Student Bookmark (Canva | SpanishCanva)
Level I Video
Level II Video (Teaser )
Level III Video (Teaser)

Host Family Workshops

Schools, districts or community-based organizations may ask for workshops for families. You can offer these with easy, turn-key presentations that are ready to go.

DIY Family Workshop I
Facilitator's Guide (Spanish)
Slideshow (Spanish)
Level I Video (Spanish)
Program Evaluation
View a sample of how you can present this through our pre-recorded session.

DIY Family Workshop II
Facilitator's Guide (Spanish)
Slideshow (Spanish)
Level II Video | Level III Video
Program Evaluation
View a sample of how you can present this through our pre-recorded session.

Report on Impact
If you host a workshop, please complete our Report on Impact Form.


Additional Resources

Family Workbook Series
One: We All Have Mental Health (Spanish)
Two: Concerned About Your Child (Spanish)
Three: Getting Help (Coming soon!)

Marketing
Brand Guidelines
Erika's Lighthouse Logo

Fundraising

Erika's Lighthouse programs and resources are donor-funded, allowing us to make them available FREE for any school, any where. Over 80% of our work is funded by passionate individuals from around the country. Join us as we work to promote inclusive school communities around mental health. Inclusive school communities can prevent mental distress and reduce suicidal ideation by normalizing conversations, promoting good mental health and encouraging help-seeking.

 

Activities & Initiatives

Student Fundraising Center
Student clubs, schools and individuals can support our work with different types of activities or create their own.

Beacon of Hope Walk
Penny Wars
Snowball Dance
Bake Sale
Rainbow Cupcake Bake Sale (Canva)

Team Resilience
Athletes and runners can join the Chicago or Berlin Marathons or pick any race that suits them!

Shine A Light
Fundraise YOUR Way through birthday parties, anniversary, in-home parties or whatever you want!

Light A Beacon
Memorialize a loved one that was lost to depression or suicide by creating a Light A Beacon.

Resources

Fundraising Checklist
Fundraising Ideas
Offline Donation Form
Offline Donation Tracking
Sample Email Blast
Sample Fundraising Letter
Social Media Support

FLYERS & HANDOUTS
Erika's Lighthouse Printable Flyer
The Erika's Lighthouse Advantage

Below are even more resources designed for school communities. Feel free to take a look at how our other programs can be used in your school to help empower teens, educate staff, and engage families. Together we can normalize conversations, reduce stigma, promote good mental health and encourage help-seeking.

Four Pillar Implementation - Inclusive School Culture

School Culture Framework

NEW! Erika's Lighthouse has adopted a School Culture Framework model promoted by Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell, PhD from the National Institute for Urban School Leaders at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Check in with a member of our education team to get started promoting your own inclusive school culture today.


Four Pillar Implementation

The Four Pillar Scope & Sequence offers schools the opportunity to deliver school-wide programming to promote a culture of inclusivity around mental health. By utilizing the Erika's Lighthouse Classroom Education, Teen Empowerment, Family Engagement, and Staff Training & Development pillars, school communities can support a culture of good mental health at all levels.

Contact Erika's Lighthouse
Schedule a call with  Ilana Sherman, Katie Conklin, or Shantal Saldaña to learn about how your school can incorporate the Four Pillars.


Share our Resources

Erika's Lighthouse Printable Flyer


Additional Resources

White Paper - Integrating Mental Health into the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model for School Health

White Paper - Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Implementing Effective Prevention Strategies

Introduction to Erika's Lighthouse

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

Classroom Education

Erika's Lighthouse offers three "levels" of programs, each with its own Plan & Implementation, that districts, schools and educators can use to build shared values and vocabulary around mental health. Classroom Education is the foundation of student-facing understanding to recognize the signs & symptoms of depression, promote good mental health and encourage help-seeking.

 

Classroom Education Planning & Implementation

Plan & Implementation

Level I: One-Day | Full Program
Level II: One-Day | Full Program
Level III: One-Day | Full Program
Training: Level I | Level II | Level III


For Districts & Schools

Four Pillar Scope & Sequence
Implementation District-wide
The Erika's Lighthouse Advantage

Program Evaluations

Our new pre/post program evaluations are designed to capture a well-rounded perspective of school mental health efforts and the Erika's Lighthouse classroom education's role in supporting inclusive school cultures. Data collected can be given to schools and districts upon request, however, please note that this is only available for schools that have had at least 100 students complete surveys for a program.

Students
Level I: http://elhue.info/
Level II: http://elhms.info/
Level III: http://elhhs.info/
Educatorhttp://elhse.info/
Mental Health Staffhttp://elhsmh.info/

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

Level I: We All Have Mental Health (Grades 4-6)

The program covers the difference between everyday feelings vs. overwhelming feelings and promotes good mental health and help-seeking.
Ideal for grades 4-6
Meets the National Health Education Standards #1 ,3, and 7.
In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre For Children and Families, Erika’s Lighthouse is excited to present We All Have Mental Health.

 

Full Program

Download the Full Level I Program (Spanish)
(Includes all Facilitator Guides)
Video: English | Spanish | UK

Lesson One

Facilitator Guide
Slideshow (Google, PPTSpanish)
Charades Cards (Spanish)
Notice & Wonder Chart (Spanish)
Classroom Signs (Spanish)
Exit Tickets (Spanish)
Bookmarks (Spanish)

Lesson Two

Facilitator Guide
Slideshow (Google, PPT | Spanish)
Stress Article
Managing Stress for Level I (Spanish)
Coping Strategies Signs/Directions (Spanish)
Coping Diary (Spanish)
Exit Tickets (Spanish)

Lesson Three

Facilitator Guide
Slideshow (Google, PPT | Spanish)
What Would You Say/Do Worksheet (Spanish)
Trusted Adult Worksheet (Spanish)
Exit Tickets (Spanish)

Lesson Four

Facilitator Guide
Vocab Check
Knowledge Check
Managing Strong Emotions
Assessment Activity Worksheets (Spanish)

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

One-Day Lesson

Best practice is to use the full four-day lessons. However, our research has demonstrated an increase in knowledge and help seeking with only one-day.

Video: English | Spanish | UK
Facilitator Instructions
Slideshow (Google, PPT | Spanish)
Exit Ticket (Spanish)

Evaluations

Student | Teacher | School Mental Health Staff

Please note we can only provide results for schools that have at least 100 pre- and/or 100 post-surveys completed.

Recharge Mental Health Tease ImageOptional Program Additions Tease

Level II: Depression Awareness (Grades 5-9)

This program provides an introduction to the topic of depression and promotes good mental health and help-seeking.
Ideal for grades 5-9
Meets the National Health Education Standards #1 ,3, 4 and 7.

 

Full Program

Download the Full Level II Program
(Includes all Facilitator Guides and Student Packets)

Lesson One: Intro to Depression

Video Segment: Vimeo YouTube | Google 
Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook (Spanish)
Slideshow (GooglePPT | Spanish)
Self-Referral Cards (Spanish)
Student Bookmark (Canva | (Spanish, Canva)

Lesson Two: Depression is Treatable

Video Segment: Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook (Spanish)
Slideshow (GooglePPT | Spanish)

Lesson Three: Help-Seeking

Video Segment Part 1: Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Video Segment Part 2: Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook (Spanish)
Slideshow ( Google, PPTSpanish)

Lesson Four

Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook (Spanish)

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

One-Day Lesson

Best practice is to use the full four-day lessons above. However, our research has demonstrated an increase in knowledge and help-seeking with only one day.
Full Video: Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Self-Referral Cards  (Spanish)
Slideshow (Google, PPTSpanish)

Evaluation

Student | Teacher | School Mental Health Staff

Please note we can only provide results for schools that have at least 100 pre- and/or 100 post-surveys completed.

Recharge Mental Health Tease ImageOptional Program Additions Tease

Level III: Depression Education & Suicide Awareness (Grades 8-12)

This program covers depression & suicide and promotes good mental health and help-seeking.
Ideal for grades 8-12
Meets the National Health Education Standards #1 and 3.

 

Full Program

Download the Full Level III Program
(includes all Facilitator Guides and Student Packets)

Lesson One

Video Segment Lesson 1: Signs & Symptoms
Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Student Packet (Spanish)
Slideshow (GooglePPT| Spanish)
Self-Referral Cards (Spanish)
Student Bookmark (Canva | Spanish, Canva)

Lesson Two

Video Segment Lesson 2: Self-Care
Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Student Packets:
Callie (Spanish)
Mason (Spanish)
Alan (Spanish)
Jasmine (Spanish)
Edgar (Spanish)
Mac (Spanish)
Slideshow (GooglePPT | Spanish)

Lesson Three

Video Segment Lesson 3: Getting Help
Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Student Packet (Spanish)
Slideshow (GooglePPT  | Spanish)
Student Evaluation: http://elhhs.info/ | QR Code

Lesson Four

Facilitator Instructions
Student Packet
Performance Assessment Rubric (Spanish)

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

One-Day Lesson

Best practice is to use the full four-day lessons above. However, our research has demonstrated an increase in knowledge and help-seeking with only one day.
Full Video: Vimeo | YouTube | Google
Facilitator Instructions
Self-Referral Cards (Spanish)
Slideshow (GooglePPT | Spanish)
Student Stories

Evaluation

Student | Teacher | School Mental Health Staff

Please note we can only provide results for schools that have at least 100 pre- and/or 100 post-surveys completed.

Recharge Mental Health Tease ImageOptional Program Additions Tease

Empowerment Clubs

Erika's Lighthouse offers opportunities for teens to take on leadership roles in their schools through Empowerment Clubs, Affiliate Clubs and turn-key campaigns called Awareness into Action Activities. These are good mental health clubs that normalize conversations through teen-led conversations by reducing stigma and encouraging help-seeking.

Empowerment Clubs (Official & Affiliate)

Erika’s Lighthouse Empowerment Clubs typically meet weekly or monthly and use Awareness into Action Activities to promote good mental health in their school throughout the year. If you already have an existing good mental health club in your school, join our affiliate club program to access our resources and network with other clubs!

 

Forms

Empowerment Club Registration Form
Awareness into Action Activity Report


Resources

About Us Video
Sample Meeting Agenda
Ice Breaker Ideas (Canva)
A Year of AAAs
Guest Speaker Ideas (Canva)
Erika’s Lighthouse Brand Guidelines
Photo Permission and Release Agreement
Teen Empowerment Club Flyer
Erika’s Lighthouse Teen Club Logo (JPG, Canvaw/tagline on Canva)


Empowerment Club Fundraising

Erika's Lighthouse has a number of resources available to assist in fundraising to support our (and your clubs) work. Learn more >


T-Shirt Ordering Information & Designs

Ordering & Reimbursement Information (for Official Clubs only)
Everyone deserves good mental health (PNG)
Get Depression Out of the Dark (PNG)
Teens can change the world (PNG)
You are not alone (PNG)
We all have mental health (PNG)

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

Mental Health Student Leadership Academy

General Information

Video-based training
Module I: Mental Health 101: Vimeo | YouTube
Module I Discussion Questions
Module II: Being a Trusted Peer: Vimeo | YouTube
Module II Discussion Questions
Module III: Be a Mental Health Leader: Vimeo YouTube
Module III Discussion Questions

Educate your peers - Lead your own training!
*Slides include speaker notes

Module 1: Mental Health 101 (Google Slides)
Module 2: Being a Trusted Peer (Google Slides)
Module 3: Be a Mental Health Leader (Google Slides)


Recruitment

Teen Club Recruitment Poster (High school) (Canva)
Let's Spread Positivity (for Elementary) (Canva)
Let's Talk About Mental Health (Middle school) (Canva)
You've Been Tapped! (High school/Middle school) (Canva)
Morning Announcements (Elementary) (Canva)
Morning Announcements (Middle School) (Canva)
Morning Announcements (High school) (Canva)
Empowerment Club Locker/Mailbox Slips (Canva)
Ghost Lollipops (October) (Canva)
Halloween Recruitment Poster (October) (Canva)
Winter Recruitment (Fall & Winter) (Canva)
We Love Good Mental Health (February) (Canva)

Social Media Recruitment
All Year-Round (Canva)
Spooky Halloween (Canva)
Warm-Up Winter (Canva)
We Love Mental Health Valentine's Day (Canva)
Build Leadership Skills with Erika's Lighthouse (Canva)
Change Your School, Change the World (Canva)
Keep Calm and Break the Stigma (Canva)
Keep Calm and Spread Empathy (Canva)

Awareness into Action Activities (AAAs)

Check out these school-wide activities that clubs, educators, or families can use. Many were developed by Erika's Lighthouse and other Teen Empowerment Clubs. Click here and see how you can incorporate AAA's all year-long!

 

Inclusive School Culture Posters

Everyone Deserves Good Mental Health Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Spanish: 24" x 36"

Get Depression Out of the Dark Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"

Mental Health Is Important Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Spanish: 11" x 17"

You Are Not Alone Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Spanish: 11" x 17"


Advocacy Efforts

NEW! How to Testify to your Board of Education (Spanish)
Advocate for Depression Education (Canva | Spanish)
Educate Families and Caregivers (Canva | Spanish)

Educate Peers and Teens - Bookmarks (Canva | Spanish)


Mindful Moments

10 Ways to Relieve Stress During Finals Week (CanvaVirtual | Spanish)
Aromatherapy Play Dough (Canva | Spanish)
Bubble Breathing (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
DIY Mini Sand Trays (Spanish)
DIY Stress Balls (Spanish)
Gratitude Jars or Journals (Virtual |Spanish)
How Do You Feel Today? (CanvaVirtual Spanish)
How Full Is Your Cup? (Spanish)
Mindfulness Corner (Canva | Spanish)
New Year Mini Vision Board (Spanish)
Pumpkin Patch (October) (Canva | Spanish)


You Are Not Alone Reminders

A Seat Saved for You (Canva | Spanish)
DIY Beacon of Hope Wooden Door Signs (Spanish)
Beacon of Hope Door Signs (Canva,  Virtual | Spanish)
Beacon of Hope Thank You (Canva | Spanish)
Follow the Footprints (Canva | Spanish)
Holiday Luminary Activity (Canva | Spanish)
Mental Health Awareness Week (October) (Spanish)
Now or Later (Canva Spanish)
Shamrock Lucky Day Handout (March) (Canva | Spanish)
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month - Yellow Ribbon Week (Spanish)
St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Scavenger Hunt (Canva |Spanish)

Virtual and Social Media Activities

60-Second Mindfulness
At-Home Scavenger Hunt
Choose Healthy Foods
Get Active!
How To Utilize Virtual Awareness Into Action Activities
Managing Stress Guide
Virtual Valentine's Day #selflove

Positivity Promoters

28 Days of Mental Wellness (Canva | Spanish)
ABCs Positive Walk (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
Acts of Kindness Chain (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
Apps For Good Mental Health (CanvaSpanish)
Beacon of Hope Mural (Spanish)
Clean Up Your School (Canva*Elementary
Free Smiles (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
Heart to Heart Conversations (February) (Canva | Spanish)
Holiday Card Activity (Canva | Spanish)
Inspirational Sticker Contest (Canva | Spanish)
Kindness Rocks! (Canva | Spanish)
Kindness Tree (Spanish) *Elementary
Listen to My Story (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
Locker Notes  (Spanish)
Mental Health Scavenger Hunt (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
Positivity Catcher (Canva Spanish)
NEW! Say Boo to Bullying (Canva)
Send Some Encourage-Mint (Canva | Spanish)
Shamrock Wall of Gratitude (Canva |Spanish)
Take A Compliment Poster (Canva Spanish)
Test Week Goodie Bags (Spanish)
Thanksgiving Gratitude Postcards (Canva | Spanish)
Wall of Inspiration (Spanish)

Welcome Back Care Packages (Canva | Spanish)


Education Efforts

Be a Lifesaver - Take A Guess (Canva | Spanish)
Five Subject Classroom Signs (Spanish)
Ghostbuster Poster (Canva | Spanish)
Lunch Table Education (Canva | Spanish)
Mental Health Bingo (Canva | Spanish)
Mental Health Morning Announcements (Spanish)
Sharpen Your Knowledge About Depression (Spanish)

Mental Health Posters:
About Depression (Canva | Spanish)
Say Something (Canva | Spanish)


Calm Corner: Aids for Anxiety and Stress

Coloring and Cocoa (Spanish)
Donut Stress About It (Spanish)
Grounding for Anxiety (Spanish)
Shred Your Stress (Spanish)
Slime for Stress and Anxiety (Spanish)
Spin Into Good Mental Health (Canva | Spanish) *Elementary
Worry Jars (Spanish)


Sponsored Activities

Join the Pack with the Chicago Wolves (Canva | Video)


Virtual Awareness Into Action Videos

The Child Mind Institute and Erika's Lighthouse have teamed up to create a Virtual Awareness into Action video series! Pass these videos along to students and peers.
Understanding Thoughts
Introduction to Mindfulness
Guided Meditation

 

Key Club & SADD Nation Resources

Become an Affiliate Club

We believe that teens, when given the right tools, can change the world. Consider becoming an Affiliate Club and get access to over 50 Awareness into Action activities that you can use to break down stigma, promote positivity, and remind your peers that they are not alone. Contact Ilana if you are interested.


Advocacy Efforts

Educate Peers and Teens (Canva)
Advocate for Depression Education


Mindful Moments

Aromatherapy Play Dough (Canva)
How Do You Feel Today? (CanvaVirtual Spanish)


You Are Not Alone Reminders

Beacon of Hope Door Signs (CanvaVirtual)
Follow the Footprints (Canva)


Mental Health Student Leadership Academy

Module I: Mental Health 101: Vimeo | YouTube
Module II: Being a Trusted Peer: Vimeo | YouTube
Module III: Be a Mental Health Leader: Vimeo YouTube

Soft Skills: Skills to Help Your Club/Chapter Thrive

Official Partnership Campaigns and Resources

September - Suicide Prevention Week
Key Club Give Voice

May - Mental Health Awareness Month
Positivity Pledge (Spanish)

Key Clubs
Peer Presentation: YouTube | Slideshow
How Key Clubs can make the most out of Erika's Lighthouse Resources
Key Club 2023-24 Calendar

SADD Nation
3 Ways SADD Chapters Can Partner with Erika's Lighthouse


Raise Funds

Student Fundraising Center


Positivity Promoters

Beacon of Hope Mural (Canva)
Locker Notes (Canva)
Wall of Inspiration (Canva)
Welcome Back Care Packages (Canva)
Shamrock Wall of Gratitude (March) (Canva)


Education Efforts

Be a Lifesaver - Take A Guess (Canva)


 

Policy & Staff Training

Erika's Lighthouse empowers educators, just like students, through education and resources. Students, families and educators deserve good mental health and know they are supported. Staff with good mental health are better equipped to support students. This can be achieved by normalizing mental health and fostering discussions in classrooms.

Policy & Staff Training Planning & Implementation

School-Wide Engagement

School Culture Framework
Four Pillar Scope & Sequence


Plan & Implementation

School Policy & Staff Development
Implementation Across Multiple Grades

Program Evaluations

Our new pre/post program evaluations are designed to capture a well-rounded perspective of school mental health efforts and the Erika's Lighthouse classroom education's role in supporting inclusive school cultures. Data collected can be given to schools and districts upon request, however, please note that this is only available for schools that have had at least 100 students complete surveys for a program.

Students
Level I: http://elhue.info/
Level II: http://elhms.info/
Level III: http://elhhs.info/
Educatorhttp://elhse.info/
Mental Health Staffhttp://elhsmh.info/

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.

Policy & Staff Training

 

Staff Wellbeing Activities

Posters
Everyone Deserves Good Mental Health
Get Depression Out of the Dark
Mental Health Is Important
You Are Not Alone

Organization-Wide
Mindful Meetings
Self-Care Stations
Coffee & Stress
Table Tents

Peer to Peer
Positivity Shout-Outs
Encourage-mints
Catch Kindness

Individual Growth
Self-Care Guide
5 Minute Brain Break
Mental Health Bingo


School Policies & Interventions

Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention
Checklist for Suicide Prevention Efforts (Canva)
Mental Health Task Force and Protocol (Canva)
Classroom Accommodations Sample (Canva)
Student Assessment Protocol Sample (Canva)
Intervention Language for Educators (Canva)
Immediate Intervention Protocol Sample (Canva)
Mental Health Checklist (Canva | Spanish, Canva)


Administrator Resources

White Paper - Integrating Mental Health into the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model for School Health (Blog)

White Paper - Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Implementing Effective Prevention Strategies (Blog)

Introduction to Erika's Lighthouse Presentation


Share our Resources

Flyers & Handouts
Erika's Lighthouse General Overview
Classroom Education
Family Engagement
Teen Empowerment Clubs
School Policy & Staff Development

General Educator Resources

Strategies & Tools to Support a Student's Mental Health
Mental Health Recharge - 5-minute activities
Classroom Accommodations Sample (Canva)
Intervention Language for Educators (Canva)
Mental Health Checklist (Canva | Spanish, Canva)
When to Involve a School Mental Health Professional


All Staff Training

All Staff Training - Individuals
This pre-recorded training is intended to be completed virtually by individual school staff. Each registrant will receive a Certificate of Completion.

All Staff Training - Group
These resources are offered for districts and schools to implement group-based staff training. Schools are welcome to customize the trainings based on their needs.

Part 1: Signs & Symptoms
Pre-Recorded Video
Slideshow
Videos: Level I | Level II | Level III

Part 2: Overview of Erika's Lighthouse Programs
Pre-Recorded Video
Slideshow
Stand-Up and Sit-Down Stigma Exercise

Part 3: Helping A Student
Pre-Recorded Video
Slideshow
Intervention Language

Part 4: Classroom Crisis Intervention
Pre-Recorded Video
Slideshow

Part 5: Implementation in Your School
This section is intended to be created by districts or schools to inform local staff about your policies and protocols.

By using any program or resource you are required to complete our Report on Impact Form.


Evidence-Informed Resources

Kelly, Michael S. (2016).  The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression Awareness for Middle School Students. Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work.

Kelly, Michael S. (2019). Depression Education as Primary Prevention: The Erika's Lighthouse School-Based Program for High School Students. Advances in Social Work.

Schoolwide Campaigns

Schoolwide Campaigns offer anyone a way to promote good mental health. They include programs for general educators to implement in their classrooms, Suicide Prevention Week, Mental Health Awareness Month, and resources for bulletin boards, to share with families and other creative uses!

 

Programs

Mental Health Recharge
Five minute mental health breaks for classrooms, groups, individuals, teams and more.

Give Voice
Activities for schools and clubs to recognize Suicide Prevention Week in September.

Positivity Pledge (Spanish)
A month of individual and group activities to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May. 


Inclusive School Culture Posters

Everyone Deserves Good Mental Health Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Spanish: 24" x 36"

Get Depression Out of the Dark Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"

Mental Health Is Important Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Spanish: 11" x 17"

You Are Not Alone Poster
PDF: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Canva: 8.5" x 11" | 11" x 17" | 24" x 36"
Spanish: 11" x 17"

Materials for Students

Heart to Heart Conversations (February) (Canva)
Send Some Encourage-Mint (Canva)
Take A Compliment Poster (Canva Spanish)
Five Subject Classroom Signs (Canva)
Mental Health Morning Announcements
Lunch Table Education (Canva | Spanish)
About Depression Poster (Canva | Spanish)
Say Something Poster (Canva | Spanish)
Educate Teens (Canva)
Beacon of Hope Door Signs (Canva,  Virtual)
Follow the Footprints (Canva)
How Do You Feel Today? (CanvaVirtual Spanish)

More in Empowerment Club Toggles


Materials for Families

Educate Families and Caregivers (Canva)
Deep Breathing Techniques  (Spanish)
5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Techniques  (Spanish)
How do you feel today? (Spanish)
Feelings Thermometer (Spanish)
Family Workbook Bookmark (English/Spanish)

More in Family Engagement Toggles


Materials for Anyone

Managing Your Depression (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Mental Health Checklist (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Positive Coping Mechanisms (Spanish)
Shared Vocabulary (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Warning Signs and Symptoms (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)

 

Archived Programs

Depression Awareness for Middle School Students - Original Version

Download the Full Middle School Program

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL VIDEO
The video is available with Spanish subtitles and English closed captioning! To select one of these options, click on the "CC" button in the lower right corner of the video screen.

LESSON ONE
Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook
Self-Referral Cards: English | Spanish
Student Bookmark: English (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Student Evaluation: http://elhms.info/ | QR Code

LESSON TWO
Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook
Audio
Slideshow
Lecture Script

LESSON THREE
Facilitator Instructions
Student Workbook
Audio
Slideshow
Lecture Script

Modified Middle School Student Workbook
Pre-Post Evaluation: Test | Key (Not recommended)

Depression and Suicide Awareness for High School Students - Original Version

Download the Full High School Program

THE HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO
The video is available with Spanish subtitles and English closed captioning! To select one of these options, click on the "CC" button in the lower right corner of the video screen.

LESSON ONE
Facilitator Instructions
Student Packet
Self-Referral Cards: English | Spanish
Student Bookmark: English (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Student Evaluation: http://elhhs.info/ | QR Code

LESSON TWO
Facilitator Instructions
Student Packets: Callie | Mason | Alan | Jasmine | Edgar | Mac

LESSON THREE
Facilitator Instructions
Student Packet

Remote Learning Program

In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre For Children and Families, Erika's Lighthouse has created this program so that schools can continue to deliver depression education and lessons on good mental health, even when teaching and learning in remote environments.
Check out our Remote Learning Recommendations.

REMOTE LEARNING VIDEO

Download the Full Lesson Plan

Full Slideshow: PPT | PDF

The Video: English | Spanish | UK

Student Bookmark: English (Canva) | Spanish (Canva)
Evaluation link: http://elhrl.info | QR Code

Considerations:
Teaching How-To: PDF
Intervention Tips & Techniques: PDF