Erikas LighthouseAddress PO Box 616, Winnetka, IL 60093 Categories: Advocacy, Education, Mental Health Services, Youth Offers Opportunities Good For: Adults, Children Under 16, Families, Groups, Seniors
About Erikas LighthouseErika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating communities about childhood and adolescent depression. Through our free educational programs we promote awareness and early identification of depression and strive to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness that acts as a barrier to help. We believe that everyone deserves good mental health and the right to live a healthy, happy and productive life. Our Vision Erika’s Lighthouse is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating communities about childhood and adolescent depression. Through our educational programs we promote awareness and early identification of depression and strive to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness that acts as a barrier to help. We believe that everyone deserves good mental health and the right to live a healthy, happy and productive life. About Us After losing Erika in 2004, Erika’s family, friends and the community at large were in need of an answer. How can we prevent this from happening to another child in our community? The answer: depression education. What we know: Somewhere between 15%-20% of youth will develop clinical depression before adulthood.90% of youth who take their life have a diagnosable mental disorder, the most common being depression. It is our strong belief that failure to recognize the symptoms of depression and the stigma associated with mental illness are what prevents youth and families from getting the help they deserve. What We Do We strive to provide free, flexible and effective depression education and mental health programming. Our approach is to change the way a community perceives and reacts to mental illness through hopeful and fact-based depression education at every level: schools, teens, parents and health professionals. Our programming is guided by the message that depression is common, treatable and can be serious. There is hope and help. You are not alone. Who We Reach Schools: Real Teenagers Talking About Adolescent Depression: A video-based study guide for 8th grade and high schoolSchool faculty and staff training on depression awareness and suicide prevention Teens: Erika’s Lighthouse Clubs: Leadership and advocacy clubs at schools for students who are passionate about raising awareness of depression and mental healthErika’s Lighthouse Young Adult Board: A group of post college students that work together to raise funds and awareness for the organization Parents: “What I Wish My Parents Knew”: A depression education video by teens for parentsParent Handbook on Childhood and Adolescent Depression: A book on how to get help and what parents need to know about depression and treatmentParent education workshops on depression Health Professionals: Professional training on depression and suicide prevention Everyone: Get Involved https://www.erikaslighthouse.org/get-involved/Our website: www.erikaslighthouse.org For more information visit our website at www.erikaslighthouse.org , or contact us via e-mail at email@example.com.
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