Take A Stand For Mental Health

Join the Sole Focus Project movement and take a stand for mental health as we collectively create a legacy fund to further enhance and distribute mental wellness education, awareness and training in our community, and ensure the sustainability of programs not funded by our government.

Our Campaign Goal

Your donation helps support a mentally healthy community. Together, we can reach our campaign goal by raising $1,500,000 towards mental wellness in Windsor & Essex County.

To Meet Our #SoleFocusProject Ambassadors

About the Sole Focus Project

  • The Need
  • Our Priorities
  • Impact
  • Resources
The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health-related quality of life.

On average, 2,600 clients receive treatment from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB) annually for moderate to severe mental illness.

Education and training are key areas not fully funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Yet they are key to shifting the tide of mental health stigma.

Bereavement counselling for both children and adults can help those struggling with the loss of a loved one and mitigate the need for more intensive intervention later on.

The Sole Focus Project aims to ease societal and financial burdens on those with a mental health issue, addiction, or the bereaved, by raising funds towards mental wellness education and awareness, providing training and treatment, and community support.

The more resources and services we can make available to those in need of help, the more we can ensure a mentally healthy Windsor & Essex County, overall.
CMHA-WECB’s sole focus is mental wellness.

The Sole Focus Project seeks to create a legacy fund to further enhance and distribute mental wellness education, awareness and training in our community.

Gifts to the Sole Focus Project will help to fund these initiatives about mental health and wellness to targeted groups, including emerging adults, veterans, newcomers and workplaces.

Specifically, gifts to the Sole Focus Project will enable:
  • Sustainability of programs partially or not at all funded by the government, including mental health education and training, and bereavement services
  • An increased number of training sessions on mental wellness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Workplace wellness
  • Provide greater outreach within the community by attending health fairs, making presentations to students and developing community awareness campaigns
  • Increased outreach with and resources for post-secondary students
What does having mental wellness as our sole focus mean for our community?
  • 4,567 youth engaged
  • 257 schools engaged
  • 16 health fairs and 22 presentations/workshops delivered to post-secondary students and staff
  • 17 health fairs and 49 presentations made to grade schools and secondary schools
  • Talk Today program delivered to 857 grade 5-8 students at four schools
  • 300 grade 10 students participated in the Youth Mental Health Summit, a full day of break-out sessions and speakers discussing mental health and wellness topics
  • Mental Health Youth Outreach Worker contracted at St. Clair College 4 days/week
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Week planning with community partners to bring suicide awareness to the community and provide training for people to become suicide alert
  • Formation of Suicide Prevention Coalition working towards a Zero Suicide community
  • 2,028 employees at 312 workplaces received workshops and training on mental health and wellness
Ultimately it means people living more full lives.
The more we talk about mental illness, the more we can and will reduce stigma.

The key to starting this conversation is education and awareness. Education empowers individuals to pay the same attention to their mental health as they do their physical health. Individuals are then able to focus on the signs and symptoms to look for, what tools are available, and where to go for help.

Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships.

Click here and link to resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy.

The Facts

Mental illness does not discriminate.
It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, education, or wealth.

Family, friends, and colleagues will also be affected. Left untreated, mental illness can significantly affect relationships, employment, and physical health.












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BounceBack is a free, skill-building program for adults and youth 15+. Through one-on-one telephone coaching, workbooks, and online videos that you can do from the comfort of your own home, you will learn skills to help better manage symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. For more info visit www.bouncebackontario.ca ...

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Thank you to Brianna in Ms. Field's grade 8 class at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, your classmates and supporters for supporting mental health and wellness, and CMHA-WECB! #showyoursole ...

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Come out and support several great local charities, as well as many talented local musicians including The Tea Party's Jeff Burrows at the "Jeff Burrows 24 Hour Drum Marathon" starting this Friday at 4pm at Good Time Charly. Tickets available at the door. ...

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CMHA-WECB is currently seeking nominations for our Volunteer of the Year award, given out at our Annual General Meeting in September. Please visit windsoressex.cmha.ca/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-appreciation/ to download the application form, and submit it by June 13th. ...

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Thank you velofix for this great offer! Please share!

Velofix Windsor will donate 10% of the service bill towards Ride Don't Hide - Windsor. If you are participating in the ride just mention in the booking notes this offer and we will get you tuned!

#ridedonthide #yqg #cmhawecb🚴🏿‍♂️Thanks for signing up for the 8th annual Ride Don't Hide.
🚴🏽‍♂️Your support means the world to us.
🚴🏽‍♀️Ride Don't Hide is fast approaching on June 23, 2019.
🚴🏿Let's make our final push to raise as much as we can for mental health awareness.

Ride Don’t Hide is a nationwide fundraising bike ride that brings mental health out into the open.

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Check out our Sole Focus Project Ambassador Jeff Burrows and many other local musicians at the Jeff Burrows 24 Hour Drum Marathon in support of several local charities, including CMHA-WECB!

Music starts at 4pm on Friday and goes until 1am Sunday morning at Good Time Charly. Tickets available at the door.

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A big shout out to our Sole Focus Project ambassadors!

Sending positive vibes to Noelle Montcalm as she races today!

Congratulations to Arms Bumanlag in his new position as the Director of Communications and Public Relations at Erie Shores Healthcare!

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Contents Processing Centre (CPC) #CPCgreen #mentalhealthmonth #showyoursole ...

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Happening one week from today!

This year the Drum Marathon will be raising funds to help House of Sophrosyne (sophrosyne.ca), Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services (maryvale.ca), Harmony in Action (harmonyinaction.com), In Honour of the Ones we Love (inhonour.ca), Canadian Mental Heaith Association (windsoressex.cmha.ca) and St. Clair College Scholarship Fund (stclaircollege.ca/scholarship).

Cost is $20 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and $40 for a family. Music starts May 24 at 4pm and goes until May 26 at 1am. Wristbands are available at Good Time Charly and from Bands and allows entrance at anytime during the Marathon.

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May 17th is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia!
🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 Today let’s remind everyone the importance of inclusiveness, acceptance and equality. Love is love 🏳️‍🌈


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As we head into the first long weekend and unofficial kick-off to summer, we start to think about the "boys of summer"... why not take in a baseball game and support CMHA-WECB?
We are excited to once again be the charity partner of the Detroit Tigers Canadian Fan Game Night happening June 5th. Get your tickets today at www.tigers.com/Canadian and get this awesome hat!

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Is there a First Responder in your life? Please complete this survey to #helpushelpyourlovedones. bit.ly/2Od2REw Survey open until May 31 ...

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We are honoured to have Benny Santoro dedicating his Windsor to Halifax bike ride to Stigma Enigma / Maryvale Adolescent Mental Health. 100% of the money donated to this incredible 2500 km bike ride will go directly to helping teens in Windsor/Essex. To donate please see:


Thank you for helping Benny raise money for adolescent mental health!!!

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Thanks for getting LOUD about #mentalhealth Windsor-Essex!Thank you to all the amazing people who participated in #MentalHealthWeek this year!
This year was our loudest yet. We can't wait to #GetLoud with you again next year!

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With the right tools, you can start improving your #MentalHealth today. In fact, you're probably already using some of these tools. Visit www.mentalhealthweek.ca to learn more! #MentalHealthWeek #GetLoud ...

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My 13th Annual 24 Hour Drum Marathon starts tomorrow (May 24th) 4pm sponsored by @liuna625. Thanks to all the musicians donating their time to raise funds for local charities! I start at midnight. @MaryvaleCentre @CMHAWECB @StClairCollege @TheOfficial89X Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Did you know that being active can help lead to reduced anxiety, depression, and improved sleep and quality of life? To learn more join our 6-week online physical activity challenge. ow.ly/GwLc50ufiyd Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

It's here. BeThere.org. A free digital resource developed in consultation with 1,400 young people to teach them how to support one another when they're struggling with their mental health. Share it far and wide. With love. #mentalhealthweek Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Don't miss your chance to discover new passions, participate in educational workshops, and explore healthy, fun, activities all day long! Thanks to @MotorCityCCU for sponsoring the 2019 Better Living Body & Mind Day! lifeafterfifty.ca | 519-254-1108 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Access to gender affirming #healthcare can reduce of risk of suicide among transgender people. More info and tips in this fact sheet from @cspyyc and us: buff.ly/2Vbsw7g #IDAHOBIT2019 #IDAHOT2019 #IDAHOTB2019 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Getting help doesn’t have to be expensive. Our #BounceBack program was highlighted by @HuffPostCanada as one of the top things you can do for your #mentalhealth if you can’t afford traditional psychotherapy services. Check it out: huffingtonpost.ca/2019/05/13/fre… #MentalHealthAwareness Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

You can now visit a walk-in clinic for mental wellness 5 days a week in Windsor buff.ly/2W2sJJM via @CBCWindsor Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

It's the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia. It's an opportunity to reflect on our progress as a society and 2 improve supports for people who identify as #LGBTQ2+. Everyone deserves to feel loved and supported. If u need support- @LGBTYouthLine #IDAHTB Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. How can you integrate trans-inclusive policies into your work place and every day life? Check out our Snapshot to learn more: bit.ly/2HowocD 🏳️‍🌈 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today and every day, #BigWhiteWall stands with the #LGBTQ2 community. We offer a safe space online at BigWhiteWall.ca for all looking for support and connection. Happy #IDAHOTB! @OTNtelemedicine #YoureNotAlone #FreeToBeMe #StrongerTogether #MentalHealthAwareness Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

globalnews.ca/news/5284369/f… According to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Ontario, the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder is doubled among LGBTQ2 people and the LGBTQ2 community also experiences higher rates of depression, anxiety and substance use. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Is there a First Responder in your life? Please complete this survey to #helpushelpyourlovedones. bit.ly/2Od2REw Survey closes May 31

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Our sponsors made our Breakfast of Champions event possible this year with guest speaker & singer @stevenpage. The feedback has been exceptional. Thank you @beachp979 for your A+ assistance with accommodations at @TPSuitesWindsor #YQG #MentalHealthAwareness

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Canada’s health-care system is failing people with mental illness /via @globeandmail theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editor… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

For every retweet & added comment on what self-care means to you, $1 will be donated to the @CMHA_NTL @CMHAhalton! #HelpMyself #MentalHealthAwareness Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Don’t forget to register below for tomorrow’s free showing of The Other Side Of The Hero, at Imagine Cinemas Lakeshore twitter.com/essexwindsorem… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

10 things students can do to boost their mental health #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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We are recruiting for #SupportStaff, #Privacy, #Quality, #Accreditation. Please see the below link for full details. ow.ly/Q5N850ucZS6

Please share! Life can be challenging for many of us. In our continuous response to the growing need for counselling supports in Windsor-Essex, Family Services Windsor-Essex now offers Walk-In Wellness options available 5 days/week. For more info go to: fswe.ca/walk-in-wellne… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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