Run for "Team Erika's Lighthouse" at the
Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Registration deadline April 7th at 12pm.

Run for Us!
Support Us!
Cheer for Us!

More information and team application form for runners.

Who We Are:
A Teen Depression Education Organization

Erika's Lighthouse is a not-for-profit teen depression and mental health education organization that provides free and effective programming to schools, teens, parents, young adults, health professionals and community organizations.

What We Believe:
Teen Depression Education is Suicide Prevention

It is our strong belief that the failure to recognize the symptoms of teen depression and the stigma associated with mental illness prevent teens from getting the help they deserve.

Understanding that teen depression is the largest risk factor for teen suicide, our approach is to provide accessible depression and mental health education, promoting early identification and treatment of teen depression.

Depression education creates a safe environment for teens to talk about mental health. It removes the barriers to treatment and protects young lives. Our programming is guided by the message that teen depression is common and can be serious, but it is treatable. There is hope.

The Erika's Lighthouse philosophy is that in order for our programs to be successful, we must be flexible. We provide the guidance, materials and support required to implement depression and mental health education programs that respect a community’s culture and is authentic to their voice.

If you are interested in bringing an Erika’s Lighthouse program into your community, contact us and we can work together to identify a program appropriate for your school or group.

Concerned you or someone you care about may have depression?
Take the Teen Depression Test.

Teen Depression:
Stories of Hope & Health

Teen Depression: Stories of Hope and Help

For a limited time, don't miss your chance to screen our newest teen depression education video, Teen Depression: Stories of Hope & Health. Watch now

New video! A 360 degree perspective of overcoming teen depression

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A great conversation starter for parents and teens or to use as an educational tool for students and professionals. Watch now

What I Wish My
Parents Knew

parent video

By you, for you. Watch now or visit the Screening Room and watch award-winning PSA's on Teen Depression.

Real Teenagers Talking About Depression

What does depression feel like? Watch "Real Teenagers Talking about Adolescent Depression"

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  • Take our self-report depression screener for teens who think they may have depression.

    Take the Test!

  • Join Us At Our
    10th Anniversary Gala!

    Saturday, May 3rd
    6:30 drinks, 7:30 dinner

    The Michigan Shores Club
    911 Michigan Avenue
    Wilmette, IL

    More information and tickets

    Lifesaver Event Sponsor: BMO Harris

    Hope Sponsor: Hersch & Avril Klaff

    Star Sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Compass Health Center, Rich & Elaine Tinberg, Charles & Sharon Weingarten, Tom & Mary Seeberg, Autohaus on Edens

    Media Sponsor: Sheridan Road

    Additional Supporters: Unite Urban Grill, Vera Bradley Old Orchard

  • Zumba Party with Candus Suppelsa! Join the fun!

    Friday, May 9
    9:15 am - 10:30 am. (registration starts at 9:00)

    Winnetka Congregational Church
    725 Pine Street
    Winnetka, IL

    All proceeds benefit Erika's Lighthouse.

  • The Young Adult Board is teaming up with Little Ricky's Rib Joint for a fundraiser and night of fun!

    All tips from the bar will be donated to Erika's Lighthouse!
    Free entry and dollar raffle tickets!
    All ages welcome!

    540 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka
    Friday, April 25th
    8 - 11 pm

  • Different Drummers: Teen Depression & Suicide

    Approximately 15-20% of teens experience depression, and a teen takes his or her own life every 100 minutes. Heather Freed from Erika's Lighthouse and Pastor Kent Svendsen from the United Methodist Church of Plano talk about how to identify and help depressed teens.
    Click here to watch the video

  • Understanding and Talking About Depression is Suicide Prevention and So Much More!

    On Tuesday, February 18, Erika's Lighthouse will be a part of the New Trier Township Social and Emotional Learning Institute Day. Over 2,000 educators from New Trier Township schools will be attendance.

    More Information

  • For Teens In Crisis, Texting Provides An Outlet For Assistance

    Picking up the phone can be tough for teens in crisis. A new hotline aims to make it easier by letting them seek help through their preferred mode of communication: texting.

    Read article and watch video featuring Libertyville High School's Erika's Lighthouse Club

  • Teen Tackles Depression, Backs Annual Walkathon

    Emily Malecha, a sophomore at Libertyville High School, founded a Teen Panel program at her school.

    Read Article and Watch Video

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