"This is fantastic! I will definitely be booking with you for September 2023/24. Student's positive memories of YES4MH went to your (MYndful Movement) program, their experience going to the feeder schools with you, and implementing (MYndfulness) within our own school community." CYC from St. Edmund Campion CSS. DPCDSB
"Thank you for coming and teaching us to be in tune with our minds and bodies. The MYndful sessions were beneficial. This is valuable when I feel pressure. Its helped me tremendously, like being more self-aware, and able to take control of my negative thoughts when they invade my mind."
BSA Student, St. Augustine CSS
"Deb and Lommya,
You are both making a beautiful impact on our YES4MH and MYndful Movement students.
Yesterday in our YES4MH meeting a gentle grade 9 student led 5-4-3-2-1 breathing with the students present. She started, off script, by inviting us to plant our feet and sit back in our chair ... she spoke it just like you do, Deb.
I have approval for YES4MH and MYndful Movement Fundamentals students to attend Monday's staff meeting. Each student will sit at a different table group with teachers, and the student will lead a favourite activity of theirs with their group. With this, teachers will have experienced one activity that they themselves could use with their class (and they'll witness student voice and leadership in mental health)
On Friday May 5, teachers are being asked to engage in a discussion and/or a mental health or mindfulness activity with their students, in Period 4.
Another MYndful student leader is making a slide to explain this invitation to teachers - at the meeting and as a reference for staff about the plan/expectations/encouragement for mental health embedded in class routines.
Some of these students are joining Deb at the Thursday May 4, Parent Council meeting. It's more leadership practice for them.
I'm so grateful to both of you, Deb and Lommya, for all that you invest in our students and how genuinely you do so.
Teacher/Librarian St. Augustine CSS 2023
"Deb Taylor was fantastic and provided students (and myself) with useful tools to manage stress.
The students really liked her and there was such a calm energy in the classroom. Thank you to you and YES4MH for setting that session up."
Modern Languages Teacher/Student Council Rep. from St. Augustine CSS. DPCDSB
"Deb, I'm so glad that the Wellness Day at St. Bakhita went so well and you were able to incorporate your wonderful program and make a difference in the student's lives... I am happy it is making a big impact and other schools are experiencing what you do!"
Lommya, School Public Health Nurse: PEEL/DPCDSB
"I found the breathing exercises and discussion most helpful because it helped me understand myself and connect with myself and others around me."
Grade 10 Student, Assumption CSS, HCDSB
"Deb Taylor has worked with our students/staff in the past few years. YES4MH students partnered with BSA, Zonta, Student Council, to cohost sessions. We love hosting Deb. She has also lead boys P.E. very successfully.
Deb & Lommya are making a beautiful impact on our students."
Marianne W., Teacher/Lib. St.Augustine CSS
"This program really identifies the needs and emotions of the teens. Loved the body-moving parts. The G.Classroom is a perfect space to get information to students then practice to teach younger kids. Thanks for working with our students.They benefitted from your passion, commitment."
N. Castro,Teacher Rep.YES4MH DPCDSB
"I absolutely loved the vibe and the calmness in the MYndful course. I loved the positive and non-judgement environment... Yes, I would like more opportunities like this."
Student in-class session, DPCDSB
"The whole training was awesome and useful, especially the MY Brain and Drumming exercises. I wished we had more time to learn and practice."
F. Asif, Social Worker-Settlement Services- Peel School Board/DBNC
"I would like to implement all I have learned in the training, and let teachers and principals know how MYndful practices and training is necessary in schools for teachers and students. Deb is an excellent teacher. I'm happy with all the information."
Pushpa Dsouza S.W. Settlement Worker- Peel School Board/DBNC