Injury & Risk

In Canada, unintentional injury is the number one cause of death for people ages 1 to 34, and one child dies every day on average from an injury (Parachute).

Although the vast majority of injuries are predictable and preventable, deaths and hospitalizations due to injury continue to occur at high rates. Between 2004 and 2013, there were on average 68 injury-related deaths of Saskatchewan children and youth under the age of 20 each year. For every Saskatchewan child who died due to injury, approximately 24 children were hospitalized (Saskatchewan Prevention Institute).

Injury Prevention & Risk


Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. 

The goal is to raise awareness of injury risks and best practices to reduce the number of injury-related deaths and decrease the risk of life-altering injury in Saskatchewan children and youth. Topic areas include: bike and wheel safety; brain injury / concussion; choking, strangulation and suffocation; drowning; falls; farm safety; fire safety; holiday safety; home safety; injury prevention; intentional injury; off-road vehicle safety; pedestrian safety; playground safety; poisoning; risk in play; summer safety; trampoline safety; winter safety; and safety resources.

Preventing Injuries, Saving Lives


Discover how to prevent injuries before they happen. Topic areas include: all-terrain vehicles; burns and scalds; car seats; choking; concussion; cycling; drowning; falls; Halloween safety; helmets; home safety; pedestrian safety; playgrounds and play spaces; poisoning; product safety; rail safety; road safety; strangulation and suffocation; summer sports and recreation; vacation safety; winter holidays; winter outdoor safety; winter sports and recreation.

Understanding Brain Injury in Adolescence

Teen Mental 

Understanding Brain Injury in Adolescence is an educational resource that provides adults with information on concussion prevention, management and recovery – as well as examining the potential mental health risks. Designed for the adult in a young person’s life (parent, a coach, a teacher, etc.), this guide helps the reader understand: what a concussion is, what its signs and symptoms are, what needs to be done to help prevent concussions, what must be done if a concussion is suspected and what should be done if a young person sustains a traumatic brain injury.

Distracted Driving

Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

The website includes lesson plans on distracted driving for grades 11 and 12; lesson plans include engaging activities and conversation starters to help educate youth on the consequences of distracted driving and how to prevent distracted driving. Other website resources include the Leave The Phone Alone campaign and links to external resources to get the conversation started with youth.

National Teen Driver Safety Week


National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) engages communities to raise awareness about ways young drivers and their passengers can remain safe on our roads. Website resources include: a backgrounder, key messages, activity guides, and a social media guide. In addition, the community toolkit includes: a tip sheet, promotional swag, and positive ticketing ballots.

Youth and Road Safety Action Kit

YOURS - Youth For Road Safety. 

YOURS is a global organization that acts to make the world's roads safe for youth. The Action Kit is the backbone of the work they do to empower young people in road safety. All around the world, youth who have been affected by road traffic crashes or want to take real action have picked up the Action Kit as an effective starting point. The groundbreaking workshops were built from the concepts in the Action Kit and is given out to every youth that experiences a workshop.

Healthy Relationships

Tips for Talking With Your Students: How to Build Healthy Relationships, Including Dating Relationships

Saskatchewan Prevention Institute. 

This booklet is designed to help you educate your students about what healthy relationships are. It also provides you with additional resources and information in case you need more support.

A related booklet is available for youth, titled Building Healthy Relationships: Yes, that includes dating relationships! This booklet can be used by adolescents, including younger adolescents who may not be dating yet. It provides information about how to build healthy relationships of any kind (e.g., friendships, relationships with family, dating relationships), as well as information specific to healthy dating relationships. This free booklet is available for order or download.

Healthy Youth Relationships

The Canadian Red Cross. 

Red Cross Healthy Youth Relationships is an educational program for students in middle and high school grades which offers teens the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships and prevent relationship violence. The Red Cross Healthy Youth Relationships program consists of 12 experiential lessons, aligned and packaged for specific grade levels: Gr. 7-8, Gr. 9-10, and Gr. 11-12. The grade lessons build on each other to enhance learning through games, videos, role plays, and discussions.

Dating Violence

Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

This website includes information on types of abuse, the cycle of violence, why people stay in abusive relationships, warning signs, impacts of violence, and what youth can do if they are victims of dating violence.

The Fourth R

Western University, Centre for School Mental Health. 

The Fourth R is a consortium of researchers and professionals dedicated to promoting healthy adolescent relationships and reducing risk behaviours. They develop and evaluate programs, resources, and training materials for educators and other front-line professionals who work with youth.

Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.

Youth-focused Mental Health Action Report shines light on challenges and ignites movement for solutions
A new report released this week is bringing attention to mental health challenges faced by more than 10,000 youth across the province—and actions at the grassroots level to ignite change.

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This report provides a brief review of the scientific literature on COVID-19 and its effects on youth health, with particular emphasis on mental health.  SAYCW shares relevant data from the pre-pandemic, 2019 SAYCW survey – these findings show how stressors and unhealthy behaviours that have been worsened by the pandemic (e.g., worry, connection with others, screen time, etc.) had impacted Saskatchewan youths’ health and well-being prior to the pandemic. Suggested health promotion actions to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and improve youth health and well-being are also shared.

Click here to read the report


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