We offer hopeful and easy to implement depression education programs for middle schools and high schools.
Most schools are not designed to diagnose and manage mental illness. But the reality is, teen depression is pervasive in schools, accounting for attendance issues, under achievement and behavioral concerns – just to name a few.
Teens learn about everything from cancer to heart disease in the classroom, but most are not learning about the single largest medical related cause of death to people their age, and most importantly, what to do about it. As a result, 80% teens with depression are going unrecognized and untreated due to a lack of appropriate mental health education and deep rooted cultural stigma.
Students deserve to learn about what teen depression is and how to manage it. And, in today’s day in age, we have the research that guide us on how to do it right. So, what are you waiting for?
Reduces stigma – When myths are broken and facts are shared about depression, stigma is reduced and teens are empowered to talk openly - cultivating an environment that supports mental health.
Promotes early identification – When students understand what teen depression looks like, we create a system of teen identifiers.
Encourages early intervention – When everyone has the same mental health “language” and understands that like other medical conditions, depression requires professional support, help-seeking behavior takes place.
Protects lives – When stigma is reduced and early identification and intervention occurs, we manage depression and protect precious lives.
A teen depression and mental health empowerment curriculum designed for middle schools offering a “first look” at depression.
A video-based high school classroom curriculum that seeks to open up conversations about mental health, provide students with opportunities to better understand what it’s like to have depression, and inform students of where they can get help if worried about themselves or a friend.
Teen Clubs are programs in high schools in which teens themselves develop initiatives to promote good mental health and break down stigma in their school.
We offer teacher training that provides school staff with the information they need to become early identifiers and interveners of teen depression. Our training meets criteria for mandated depression awareness and suicide prevention training. Available for Chicago area schools only.
A Depression Awareness Campaign consists of activities which can be offered throughout the school year to remind the student body that although depression is a common and serious illness, it is very treatable and help is readily available in school and in the community.
An Executive Summary of an Independent Evaluation Conducted by Dr. Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work in Collaboration with Erika’s Lighthouse Fall 2013-Spring 2015
An Executive Summary of an Independent Evaluation Project Conducted by Dr. Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work in Collaboration with Erika’s Lighthouse Fall 2015-Spring 2016