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Shine Light on Depression
Presented by Ilana Sherman, Erika’s Lighthouse; Amy Sheldon, National PTA
Shine Light on Depression is a website that provides school communities with free, ready-to-use resources and tools designed to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention among middle and high school youth and families in a positive, honest, fact-based, and culturally inclusive manner. This approach helps build a community in which there is open discussion and appropriate vocabulary about the subject of depression and places it in the broader context of good mental health.
Shine Light on Depression provides:
- Effective and customizable classroom lessons to help educators lead effective depression awareness programs
- Family-community workshop materials to help adults and families talk about how to support teens
- Teen club tools that empower students to lead activities and help each other by talking and listening
- Community Connector for linking people with credible helplines and mental health/substance use resources
- Elucidate the need for teen depression and suicide prevention programs
- Describe major features of Erika’s Lighthouse curriculum
- Access family program tools