We believe that when teens know about depression, they are more likely to get the help they need, and deserve.
At Erika’s Lighthouse, we know that teen depression is a common illness that will impact nearly 20% of teens before they reach adulthood.
Unfortunately, we also know that the stigma associated with mental illness or a lack of knowledge/basic mental health education often prevents teens from getting the help they deserve. 80% of teens with depression are going unrecognized and untreated due to a lack of appropriate mental health education and deep rooted cultural stigma.
Teens deserve to learn about what teen depression is and how to manage it.
If you are struggling with depression, know that you are not alone. There is hope and help. You deserve to feel better.
We believe that everyone deserves good mental health and the right to live a healthy, happy, and productive life. Through our education programs in middle schools and high schools, we promote awareness and early identification of depression and strive to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.
We want to change the dialogue around teen depression so that communities are better educated and teens can get the help they need and deserve.
And we need your help! We know that this message is most powerful when it’s coming from you, a teen.
Below you will find the educational programs we offer to schools and teens, free materials you can use for mental health campaigns in your school or community and more information about depression and how to find help in our Teen Depression Toolbox.
We hope you’ll consider joining us as we work to “Get Depression Out of the Dark!”
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.
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.