Cypher: Together We Climb (with Fred Penner)

Cypher: Together We Climb (with Fred Penner)


(music playing) – [Asante] 50% more young people are showing up at hospital
ERs with mental health and substance use issues today than seven years ago. But they aren’t getting the type of care that they need. My name is Asante, and I’ve always said that the peer support process is similar to making music. ♪ Through music and support
from my friends and my family ♪ ♪ I got to overcome
depression and tragedy ♪ – [D-Sisive] My name is D-Sisive and collaborating on a song about my mental health journey with Asante in episode one was a
key part of my recovery. Now my mission is to guide
musical collaborations that will celebrate the
caregivers making a difference on the front lines of
mental health and addiction. – [Asante] Welcome to Cypher. Polar Bear, Squirrel,
Moose, Dog, and Beaver are preparing to go on
an adventure together. Little do they know, a road
block awaits each of them. – TAP stands for Teaching Awareness through Puppetry. We’re an educational
disability awareness program that goes into schools
with life-sized puppets. – Two years ago, we met with Skylark
Children and Youth Services. And this amazing collaboration came out of that first meeting. – We had doctors, teachers,
psychologists, social workers, and they gave us feedback. – It’s been in the works for about two years now. – Where are you at with the show? – We’re at the point now
where we do need an audience. – If someone called us tomorrow and said “Would you come?” I might have to twist Kirsten’s arm then. (bell rings) – Little did Rindy know, we were calling her on her bluff. (phone rings) – [Kirsten] Asante, what’s up? – [Asante] What are you doing tomorrow? – So we’ve got everything? – Uh-huh, we’ve got the
scripts, we’ve got the bookmark, we’ve got the questions all set. Yeah, we’ll make it happen. – [Kirsten] Good morning boys and girls. Enjoy seeing your friends. Kirsten and I worked really
hard at creating scripts that would teach children
about identifying their own feelings and emotions. (hums) – [Music producer] Out, okay
so that’s your last notes. That third line is C, F, E minor, F – [D-Sisive] All right. (guitar plays) ♪ With hope in my heart
up a mountain I stare ♪ ♪ From the bottom afraid of the thought ♪ ♪ Of not having the steam
to follow my dream ♪ ♪ And climb my way up to the top ♪ (guitar plays) – For example their gonna see that busy, dedicated Beaver get interrupted. – I’m angry. – [Rindy] And be quite frustrated. And behave in a way that the Beaver doesn’t understand. – It’s a beautiful day, the sun’s shining. why do I feel this? ♪ Why am I scared of
the sun as it shines ♪ ♪ For the rain as it falls on my hat ♪ ♪ Why does wind on my skin
make me tremble within ♪ ♪ While I march to the snow covered cap ♪ (piano plays) ♪ My mind’s playing tricks
but I fight to resist ♪ ♪ Giving up, though the
fear’s got me down ♪ ♪ I hear lions and bears but
I know that you’re there ♪ ♪ And continue my climb to the clouds ♪ – [Dog] Have you ever tried
taking a few deep breaths? (breathes) – But when Beaver gets it. – I think it’s working. I’m so, so sorry. – We equip the with all the right tools so that they can go into the community and be kind to one another. ♪ We take a deep breath ‘fore we ♪ ♪ take the first step ♪ ♪ Then right up the mountain we go ♪ – We don’t talk to each other enough. We have technology now – [Siri] I couldn’t find Fred Penner – No, no, no. (laughs) – We’re so busy and driving kids here and doing things with your children that sometimes we forget just to check in with each other and say
like “How you doing today?” – The lyrics are really fabulous. – I’m in my non-singing charm. – You go deep man. (laughs) ♪ I’m very aware this
is no flight of stairs ♪ ♪ But this mountain’s my very first stop ♪ ♪ Toward conquering fright
that we all feel inside ♪ ♪ And breaking right out of the box ♪ – Using puppetry lets them live outside of that box. – Puppets break down barriers because children open up their imaginations to learn and listen. – What messaging we’re giving to these students, we’d love the
parents to learn about. – [Asante] What it sounds like is that the children are kind of becoming each other’s caregivers. – I think so. – [Asante] You’re helping to create a generation of caregivers in the future. ♪ High high together we ♪ – You know its gotta go up. A choir of people singing
that line, you know? Three, four– ♪ Singing high high together we climb ♪ ♪ So high together we climb ♪ ♪ We march to the stars ♪ ♪ To the beat of our hearts ♪ ♪ Up high together we climb ♪ – [Asante] Caregiving can sometimes feel like climbing an
impossibly tall mountain. With that in mind we’ve covered a lot of practical caregiving tips this season. But when it’s all said and done, caregiving is just about being there for each other to build a brighter future. – Whether they’re living with a disability or not we want children to feel empowered. (cheers) – You could feel the energy sort of come out of them, the
joy come out of them. – We know that we’re
doing the right thing. And we’re gonna make a big difference. – Yeah. (guitar plays) – To all the caregivers out there, never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child. What you are doing is important. (music plays) – Don’t ever stop. (music plays)

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