Edmonton kids #GetLoud for mental health

May 7, 2015


Mental Health Awareness Week


Students were invited to Edmonton Northlands to an event that explored the various pieces that fit together to create positive mental health and wellness during Mental Health Awareness Week 2015.

His Honour, Col. (Ret'd) the Hon. Donald S. Ethell joined some 1500 invited students at the activity-filled day. The master of ceremonies, Steven Page, the well-known Canadian musician, songwriter and founding member of the Barenaked Ladies, spoke to the students about the importance of positive mental health and wellness.  The rally included interactive presentations by Edmonton spoken word artist Knowmadic, drumming activities, tai chi exercises, firefighter boot camp stations promoting physicall wellness, and a performance by Edmonton rap group, Red Power Squad.


At the event, His Honour was presented with the Provincial Impact Award by the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities.

The event was co-hosted by the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.  Partnering organization included the Society for Safe and Caring Schools and Communities, the Canadian Mental Health Assocation Edmonton, CASA Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health,  Alberta Teachers' Assocation Stronger Together Initiative, the Schizophrenia Soceity of Alberta, the Mental Health Foundation, the Support Network and Arts on the Ave.