Every student deserves good mental health.

We’re a nonprofit on a mission to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and provide free depression education and suicide prevention programs to any school, anywhere.

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Our Why

We want to ensure no young person feels alone in their depression.

The CDC states that the number of adolescents reporting poor mental health is increasing and we want to be part of the solution by tackling the crisis at its roots.

Erika’s Lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope for adolescent depression.

We make mental health education and resources 100% free of cost and accessible all with the click of a button. Providing evidence-informed mental health, depression education and suicide prevention curriculum can help us ensure that every school can equip its students with the tools they need to thrive.

Educating students, empowering youth, engaging families, and training staff can allow us to Get Depression Out of the Dark.

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Partnering with schools.

From busy cities to quiet rural towns, we work with school professionals everywhere. Our reach spans nationally and even internationally to ensure that every student, regardless of their location, has access to quality mental health resources.

Register for FREE Access

Providing FREE school mental health programs - no catch and no paywall.

Tailored Support, Every Step of the Way

When you create an account, one of our team members will reach out to you as your primary point of contact at Erika’s Lighthouse so that you always get support in real time. We’re here to support you and answer any questions from planning through implementation!

Classroom Education

Educational lessons about mental health, depression and suicide.

Empowerment Clubs

Mental health clubs empower young people to change the world.

Family Engagement

Programs and resources for families to be partners in mental health.

Policy & Staff Training

Staff training, well-being activities and more for a positive climate.

Online Resource Portal

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“We have been implementing lessons and have been able to support and reach students that would typically fly under the radar. We are grateful for the partnership!”

Health Educator, Illinois

Turning Loss into Action

Our Story

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression was founded in 2004 by Virginia and Thomas Neuckranz after their daughter Erika lost her life to depression. Along with their family, friends and community, they have a goal of creating free mental health programs for schools to Get Depression Out of the Dark.

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Your donation helps us provide school programs free of charge to Get Depression Out of the Dark.


Our Partners

Our partners are working alongside us to improve youth mental health in complementary ways.