Erika's Lighthouse has been working with teens for over 15 years. We believe teens can change the world and take charge of their own mental health. Here are a few resources to help you get through these challenging times.
Take the Pledge
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:
Hear from a real teen in Illinois on how the school shutdown has impacted her...
It seems like it was just yesterday I walked into high school, a freshman in awe of all that was ahead of me. I looked at the seniors and thought they seemed so old, so cool, so comfortable with who they were. I couldn’t wait to be a senior. Seniors didn’t worry about getting lost, weren’t worried about making friends, had their position on the team and by second semester weren’t as stressed about school.
Sometimes it's tough to focus on the good things in life, especially in an usually stressful time. "The simple act of making a daily gratitude list can be such a powerful tool to turn your mental focus into a more healthy and positive space," Rachel O'Neill, Ph.D., LPCC-S, therapist and director of clinical effectiveness at Talkspace, told Teen Vogue.
‘I can’t let it prevent me from really living’: Nine teens on how they’re coping
Losing motivation to finish school work. Learning to love new hobbies. Living with grandma instead of flying home. These are all ways that COVID-19, school closures, and social distancing have altered students’ day-to-day lives.
Consider joining Team Resilence with Erika's Lighthouse and race for Depression Awareness! The One Nation Virtual Run is a 4 mile virtual run on Independence Day 2020. This run includes a bib, t-shirt and a medal for finishers along with the amazing fundraising perks associated with joining Team Resilience.
Happify’s science-based activities and games can help reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build greater resilience by providing effective tools and programs to improve emotional well-being. iOS | Android
Unleash your inner artist! Colorfy is coloring therapy now on your mobile. The secret against anxiety. Let the colors fill your mind in a relaxing painting experience.
Calm is an app for meditation and sleep. This app may offer lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with guided meditations, breathing programs, and relaxing music. iOS | Android
Stop, Breathe & Think
Stop, Breathe & Think is the emotional wellness platform for the "under 25" generation. Their mission is to help kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life's ups and downs.
You may just need to breathe and find yourself. Created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app is a stress management tool that teaches users diaphragmatic breathing. iOS | Android
Shine is an award-winning app and community for people with anxiety and depression. Build the skills to worry less and live more.
Just like you, your loved ones need you too. In this wired world, there are so many ways to stay in touch with them - like you are there:
FaceTime, Hangouts, Zoom or any other video chat technology can instantly connect you!
Text, call, email, write letters, whatever you need to do to keep in touch.
Host Video Chat get togethers with them while eating or playing games and feel like you are there.
And there are so many more ways to keep in touch!
Really Talk to Them
It may seem silly to say, but we frequently forget to ask (and mean) a basic question: How are you feeling?
It can be a powerful statement to begin meaningful conversations with your family and friends.
Group study while you are e-learning from home is a great way to stay in touch with friends from school! Video chat with your study buddies to keep your academics and social life on track.
Spend Time With Your Siblings
Find fun activities you can do with your siblings or family. Baking, playing board games, helping them with homework (or vice versa) are just a few examples. There are also fun craft projects, like DIY Sand Trays, Stress Balls or Aromatherapy Play Dough that are fun to make and help your mental health!
Send an E-Card
Let your family, friends, classmates 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.
Gather Your Friends
Just because you are home, doesn't mean you can't still coordinate and plan ways to promote positive mental health in your school community! Gather your friends via video chat so you can plan your next remote Awareness Campaign!
Send A Reminder
If your school allows, send your fellow classmates a friendly reminder: the Teen Bookmark from the Erika's Lighthouse program.