Erika's Lighthouse has been working with parents for over 15 years to facilitate real, honest and meaningful conversations surrounding mental health. We are here to continue that work through these uncertain times.
Watch Our Programs With Your Teens
Our Classroom Program videos may be the perfect way for you to begin a conversation with your teen. The videos feature real teens talking about their personal struggles with depression and mental health.
With our Resource Portal, you can create a free account and access our lessons plans to find valuable resources and discussion guides.
Our handbook is designed to help – with practical ideas written in an easy to read style, we are here to help you. This is a parent-to-parent guide and contains ideas that we have found helpful – ideas that we hope will be of some help to you as you deal with this difficult time in your family’s life.
Check out this blog post from a parent of a teen struggling with her school closing...
We were in the home stretch, the last two months of school for my two Seniors-one in high school, one in college. We were talking about all of the lasts and all of the firsts to come. We were planning graduation parties and an extended family trip to Italy to visit relatives. The prom dress was purchased and the dorm shopping started. And now, like so many other parents, everything has come to a screeching halt. Read more >
Parent Depression Discussion Guide
This easy-to-read, one-page, guide is designed to assist parents in having a conversation with their teen about depression and the importance of good mental health.
This is a challenging time for teens. If you are concerned about anything you are observing, you may want to use this simple language to start tough conversations, especially if your child is exhibiting behavior of concern.
Like to run? Join a Virtual Race & support Depression Education!
Race for Depression Awareness with Erika's Lighthouse. Join Team Resilience for this Virtual 4 mile run on July 4, 2020. One Nation is a nationally organized virtual run that includes a bib, t-shirt and a medal for finishers along with the amazing fundraising perks associated with joining Team Resilience.
Join Erika's Lighthouse in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month this May! We are offering 31 days for you to focus on your mental health and help put some good in the world. Here are a few examples:
Let your family, friends, and others know that you are thinking of them by sending an e-card. Download the image above and include it in personalized emails to them. Make their day and show them you care.
Teens are only as good as their parents - and in times of stress, this is even more true. Be sure you practice positive mental health strategies in your daily life:
Eight to ten hours of sleep per night
Three nutritious meals per day
Three or more days of exercise a week
Avoid drugs and alcohol
Take care of your physical health
Engage in activities that bring happiness
Spend time with your favorite people
Relaxation exercises, ie: bubble bath, deep breathing, meditation, a walk in nature
Maintain reasonable expectations and boundaries
Ask for help and support when needed.
Talk About Coronavirus
Talking to your teen about what is happening in the world around them can seem daunting. In particular, talking about COVID-19 (coronavirus) may be difficult. Harvard Medical School is here to help.
Our friends at Robbie's Hope have developed an Adult Handbook written by teens for adults. It was created to help parents and trusted adults talk to teens about normal teenage issues of anxiety, depression, and suicide.