Don't Duck Program

Mission Statement

The mission of Don't Duck on Mental Health is to provide positive education about mental health to children in hopes of stopping the stigma and allowing them to talk and be able to identify signs of mental illness and suicide.

The Purpose of Don't Duck

The Purpose of Don't Duck:
I.C. Hope® Don't Duck Mental Health® program is a free public awareness and education program that teaches basic coping skills for mental health and aims to eliminate mental health stigma at a young age. Geared towards elementary school children, the program features I.C. Hope®, the Ambassador for Mental Health and Wellness. This friendly duck wears a bandage on his head to symbolize that mental illness is real and treatable and a life preserver around his neck to symbolize that every life is worth saving.

The program features story time,discussion, crafts and the oh so popular "Down with the Duck" song and dance. By the end of the program, students should be able to identify new coping skills for stress, bullying, grief, anger and other mental health-related topics. Each session is about an hour long and features one mental health topic. Number of sessions given per group can be adjusted per request.