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Erika's Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression

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Mission: Erika's Lighthouse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health, and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Results: With a modest start just over ten years ago, Erika’s Lighthouse has gone from educating roughly 1,500 students, parents and school professionals in 2004 to touching the lives of 42,425 individuals in 37 communities and 60 schools across the country in 2014. In the last two years alone, Erika’s Lighthouse has extended its impact over 300% through the expansion of turn-key programming, online resources and social media efforts.

Target demographics: Adolescents & Middle/High School Communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 42,425

Geographic areas served: Depression Awareness, Stigma Reduction, Mental Health Empowerment & Suicide Prevention

Programs: Erika’s Lighthouse addresses the challenges surrounding teen depression using the most impactful, innovative and accessible methods available today. Interactive web-based resources, multi-media classroom teaching tools and teen-to-teen interventions make Erika’s Lighthouse a trail blazer for mental health education in the Chicago area and beyond. Programs and services are always free and resources are easy and accessible on the website.

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