BANA has continuously provided an exceptional health promotional service to the students of General Amherst High School. Our grade 10 food and nutrition class has enjoyed their informative and engaging presentation for years. They continue to highlight the unrealistic messages that the media presents and the consequences of these influences. They create awareness about eating disorders in an atmosphere that challenges student thinking and encourages questioning. They provide an opportunity for students to connect to BANA's supportive services through friendly and approachable speakers who convey these messages with enthusiasm, passion and humour. Thanks BANA for making a difference.
Mrs. Kary Coulson
Teacher, Grade 10 Food and Nutrition
I dedicate the following testimonial to those in recovery, individuals supporting loved ones and to the BANA staff. Often when we are in the process of therapy we feel lost, confused, and frustrated. The hardest part for me was struggling with the critical voice of my eating disorder. I felt like things would never change and I spent a lot of time crying, and honestly looking back I think that was one of the things that helped me the most. I allowed myself to feel the vicious voice of my eating disorder, which ‘woke me up’ so that I could fight back against my disorder. BANA helped me fight back against my eating disorder on a daily bases. Every day I challenged my disorder, every day I made a small change. My motivation and drive to continue with my eating disorder is ultimately what helped me beat it. I turned my motivation to a positive by finding a purpose in life, which was fighting my eating disorder. I kept saying to myself ‘my eating disorder isn’t working and isn’t worth it.’ I think this is a key part to therapy, I wanted to fight back against my disorder, that drive and motivation kept me going. -> (continued on next slide)
(cont'd) I didn’t give myself the option to go back to my eating disorder habits, for me going back was deal breaker. This mindset was very critical to my recovery and guides my life today. If I could speak to someone currently in therapy at BANA or considering treatment, I would say to them that they can fight against their eating disorder, and people do recover. Coming to therapy is a strength not a weakness. I recovered because I came to BANA and was open, honest and willing to try anything they suggested. Please keep this in mind because the staff at BANA are an example of a healthy voice. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for their efforts, kindness, and support. To conclude, I hope individuals reading this understand that recovery is possible, please stay strong and be kind on yourself, you are beautiful spirit that deserves a whole life. My experience at BANA changed my life and what I wrote above, would not be possible without them. My sincerest thanks to you BANA.
“I began volunteering for BANA in order to contribute to the community and gain valuable experience in an area of mental health of particular interest to me as I pursue a graduate degree in social work. I have had the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of ways, representing BANA at various community events, such as health fairs, answering general inquiries and providing information about the organization to the public. I have also assisted in presentations and workshops that promote self-esteem and nutrition and evaluate media influence on body image. I encourage anyone with a passion for helping others and a willingness to learn to Volunteer their time to BANA."
What people say about our Group Therapy Programs.....
I gained may skills and knowledge from my recovery process.
I learned that I have a voice and I can take back the control
I learned to look at my Eating Disorder from different angles
Gave me hope every time to keep going
I learned that I am not alone. I learned wonderful valuable resources to help me along on my journey.
I booked a speaker to come in to speak to my classes during mental health week at Walkerville Collegiate Institute. It was very educational and entertaining. Both speakers were very well prepared with their own equipment. I booked the event at the beginning of the week and they were able to accomodate my schedule and come in by the end of that same week. I believe the presentation is very worthwhile and I wish it could be delivered to the entire student body at all highschools.
- Andrea Inglesi
We recently had one of the members of BANA visit my Grade 7 and 8 class to talk to them about self-esteem. This was an excellent presentation, and very important for my students to hear at their age. As many pre-teens and teens struggle with self-esteem, this presentation allowed them the chance to learn about its importance and how to maintain a strong self-esteem despite the world around us. The presenter, Mia, was able to use different techniques to engage the students, using powerpoint, open ended questions and the chance to discuss areas they wished to discussed. She created a comfortable environment for the students to discuss different topics regarding self-esteem. The students developed a great understanding with this presentation to help them in the future, and I would highly recommend this presentation to all!
- Keri Kaufmann,
Kingsville Public School
Mia does an excellent job of capturing the student's attention from the start of the presentation until the end. She shares stories and information that are easy to identify with. The presentation educates it's listeners about self esteem and the importance of a positive body image and the power point presentation is very well organized with interesting and thought provoking information and pictures.
All students can benefit from learning about things like how destructive the media can be for our self esteem. Everyone walks away from Mia's presentation feeling better about who they are...this is invaluable!
We at David Maxwell would like to say a HUGE thank you to Mia and Bana for your incredible program. Our staff and students found our shared time incredibly beneficial. Ironically, we did not anticipate our first session to be so relevant to ALL in attendance. The messages on self-esteem and overall well being were applicable to staff and students alike. The references and images about balance in life left many of us reflective and wondering about our own values and priorities. The information from the presentation helped us reflect on personal well being and health in a way we had not expected. We would love for all of our staff to participate in this meaningful workshop.
Thank you for your investment! We are looking forward to future partnership with BANA! Sincerely,
Grade 8, Teacher, GECDSB