Youth Safety Education – Bringing Mental Health Through Song

Today marks two months since we held our 10th Youth Safety Education Day Virtual Event. The purpose of this day is to provide meaningful safety education, leadership, and awareness to youth across Saskatchewan and beyond about the importance of workplace health and safety, safety at school while socializing, and psychological health and safety. Gaining this valuable information before young workers take their first step into the workplace or while currently employed in their first jobs is a KEY step in injury prevention.

This year we connected with schools, organizations, and industry members, and in doing so, we were able to reach 60,393 students across Saskatchewan. We kicked off YSED with Do You Have What It Takes To Be Crowned Safety Champion with Service Hospitality’s Safety Advisor Brooklynn Radmacher, followed by two special guest speakers Dan Plexman, an International Professional Workplace Safety Expert and Chris Cederstrand, a former WHL hockey player who had a life-altering workplace incident. Special thanks to our guest speakers for sharing their personal workplace injury experiences and to all those who attended our virtual events this year!

We have also developed two different curriculum-connected activities: Scavenger Hunt for K-Grade 4 and Safety Jingle for Grade 5-8. The 5-8 activity is for each class to create a jingle slogan, poem, rap, or paragraph in audio or written format for a chance to win a prize basket valued at $150.00.

The Grade 8 students at St Philip created a masterpiece of a rap song on Mental Health and were selected as one of our winners of the safety jingle contest.  Please take a listen.

 

MENTAL HEALTH SONG
Artists  (Extra Credit Recess Crew)
Marley, Euginia, Ashley, Christina, Derin, Franchezka, Princess, Josie, Hannah
(In collaboration with Mr. Hoiness)

Lyrics:

Verse

Here’s a little something that’s been on my mine
So ima sit down, gonna take the time
To lay it out, on the floor, gonna bust down the door
When they ask “are you serious?”, ya I tell em for sure.
So, the topic of the day is our mental health
It doesn’t only touch the poor but also ones with wealth
They say change is hard and will take us forever
I say, tough or not, might as well do it together

Chorus

Take care of yourself, prioritize your mental health
We want to make sure you’re okay.
When things get tough . . . remember that you’re enough
There’s going to be a brighter day!

Verse

It’s not easy talking feelings or to let it out
sometimes all you want to do is to scream and shout
but screaming doesn’t make you crazy, it’s okay to cry
everybody’s got emotions whether girl or guy
But these things take time, having patience is key
sometimes the reason to keep fighting ain’t so easy to see
So many people want to help so why not reach out a hand?
Why so hard on yourself? You can only do what you can. 

Chorus X2

Take care of yourself, prioritize your mental health
We want to make sure you’re okay.
When things get tough . . . remember that you’re enough
There’s going to be a brighter day!

Outro 

Take care of yourself
We want to make sure you’re okay . . .

 

School: St. Philip School
Teacher: Mr. Hoiness
Grade: 8

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