Mickle Communications of Davenport, through its not-for-profit Healthy Happy Families Foundation, will launch the We All Have Stuff campaign in September to help children cope with personal problems.
The campaign will feature a traveling mural with stops at schools throughout the Quad-Cities area. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the mural will be 10 a.m. Sept. 11, at Vera French Community Mental Health Center, 1441 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport. Students will have the opportunity to draw or write on the mural to show the “stuff” that holds them back.
The campaign will also include:
• WHBF and Quad-City CW will broadcast 30-second videos in which kids discuss the “stuff” that holds them back. Topics include sexual identity, diabetes, loss of a loved one, poverty, anxiety, depression and more.
• WQPT will feature the videos on its website, while local radio stations will air the audio.
• A seven-minute video, aimed at students who may suffer from depression, will be shown to area schools. Question-and-answer sessions will be held after the video with a guide developed by members of Scott County Suicide Awareness Task Force in conjunction with Area Education Agencies.
The campaign launch is in addition to a prime-time special also created by Mickle Communications called “If You Only Knew: The Journey Through Teen Depression and Suicide.” The special will be broadcast on:
• WHBF (Quad-City CBS affiliate) as a prime-time news special Sept. 10.
• KGCW (Quad-City CW) as a prime-time news special Sept. 11.
• WVIK (NPR) as a continuing series podcast Sept. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.
"If You Only Knew" features families who have lost children to suicide, as well as a young woman who attempted suicide several times as a teenager then later found the help she needed. The original documentary first aired on WQPT in March 2016. It was nominated for a Mid-America Emmy, and is available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
The new documentary is the first of eight documentaries in a series by Mickle Communications called “The Dangers They Face” Movement.
All eight documentaries will be produced by Mickle Communications, its magazine “Q-C Family Focus” and the Healthy Happy Families Foundation.