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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.

Our Campaign Goal

Your donation helps support a mentally healthy community. Together, we can reach our campaign goal by raising $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, 6,400 clients receive treatment from 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.

The Sole Focus Project aims to ease societal and financial burdens on those with a mental health or addiction problem 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:
  • An increased number of training sessions on mental wellness
  • Suicide prevention and workplace wellness
  • Provide greater outreach within the community by attending health fairs, making presentations to students and developing community awareness campaigns
What does having mental wellness as our sole focus mean for our community?
  • Reduced burden on the healthcare system as fewer people visit our emergency rooms and with less frequency
  • More people knowing how to identify the signs and symptoms of a mental health issue
  • Reduced stigma and acceptance of mental illness
  • Conversations about mental health are commonplace
  • Fewer sick days
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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Join us for the ninth annual Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of children who have died.

Assemble in Canada Hall at 6:30pm for opening remarks, followed by outdoor procession. Refreshments following the procession in Canada Hall.

Please bring a photo of your child for the memory table.

RSVP at windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/9th-annual-candlelight-vigil/
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Candlelight Vigil

December 10, 2017, 6:30pm - December 10, 2017, 8:30pm

Join us for the ninth annual Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of children who have died. Assemble in Canada Hall at 6:30pm for opening remarks, followed by outdoor procession. Refreshments following the procession in Canada Hall. Please bring a photo of your child for the memory table. RSVP at windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/9th-annual-candlelight-vigil/

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Check out the Plugged IN interview hosted by Andrea Morosin, promoting the Sole Focus Project with CMHA-WECB CEO Claudia den Boer and Sole Focus Project Ambassador Jasmine Jasey. Tonight at 5:00pm and 6:30pm on Yourtv Windsor.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-pJvJa3HUE&list=PLS3fmYstjHpxWzaXDjZBBHJVzXRH8SnDW
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Special thank you to Ontario Nurses' Association for allowing us to come and share with you the sole focus project campaign! Looking forward to a partnership. #mentalhealthambassadors #nurses #showyoursole ...

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared Windsor-Essex County HEALTH UNIT's photo. ...

A BIG CONGRATS to all 27 Gord Smith Healthy Workplace & Bike Friendly Award winners! Thank you for your commitment to Workplace Wellness. Concours Mold Essex-Windsor EMS Town of Amherstburg - Town Hall News South Essex Community Council Children's Fest (Windsor) Ford Motor Company - Windsor OperationsGreen Shield Canada (GSC) Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association Hiram Walker & Sons Limited Company Windsor Regional Hospital Anchor Danly Arcelormittal Windsor, Bonduelle Canada Inc. Tecumseh Caesars Windsor - WCL – Unifor Wellness Committee Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor Essex Power Corporation, FCA Canada Inc. – Windsor Offices, FCA Canada Inc. / Unifor-Windsor Assembly Plant, Gecdsb Greater Essex Co. District School Board Redoe Group St. Clair College The Benefits Company City of Windsor Municipality of Leamington Town of Tecumseh University of Windsor Windsor-Essex County HEALTH UNIT

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Thank you Sherwin-Williams once again for #paintthecommunity ...

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#YQG students - great event happening October 25 University of Windsor Mental Health Awareness ...

Open Mic Night

October 25, 2017, 8:00pm - October 25, 2017, 11:00pm

Got a hidden talent and are waiting for the right time and moment to show the world?? Or do you just need a night where you can stuff yourself with delicious baked goods to your heart's content while watching some talented people perform, instead of constantly stressing over school?? Then the Open Mic Night is the solution for you!! Come join us on Wednesday, October 25th at the Katzman Lounge in Vanier Hall (the poster says Ambassador Auditorium but we had a last minute change...) for a night filled with entertainment, and some baked goodies too. What makes this all even better than it is already is that all donations will go towards the Canadian Mental Health Association! Don't miss out on the fun, and we'll see you there!

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared Windsor Police Service's post. ...

Pleased to join with Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare for Part 2 of Situation Table Training to assist people in crisis. 50+ attendees today ! Special thanks to Global Network for Community Safety for their valued workshop. #Communitymobilization

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Check out the Plugged IN interview hosted by Andrea Morosin, promoting the Sole Focus Project with CMHA-WECB CEO Claudia den Boer and Sole Focus Project Ambassador Jasmine Jasey. Tonight at 5:00pm and 6:30pm on Yourtv Windsor.
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'NOT MY KID' FREE COMMUNITY FORUM; ORGANIZED TO INCREASE AWARENESS & SHARE INFORMATION ON OPIOIDS & ADOLESCENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY ...

Free Community Forum "not My Kid" Opioids & Adolescents

November 9, 2017, 6:00pm - November 9, 2017, 9:00pm

'NOT MY KID' FREE COMMUNITY FORUM; ORGANIZED TO INCREASE AWARENESS & SHARE INFORMATION ON OPIOIDS & ADOLESCENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared BuzzFeed's I Jumped Off The Golden Gate Bridge. ...

It's time to talk about mental health.

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What is a caregiver?
It can be a neighbour who helps out by cutting the grass when you can't, a parent who looks after a child with a broken leg, or a friend who stops by to check in on family member who may need some extra attention.

Chances are you know a caregiver. Submit their name for the Heroes in the Home Awards. Five minutes of your time can show them how much they mean to you.

Visit www.thepowerofcaregiving.ca and recognize them today
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What is a caregiver? It can be a neighbour who helps out by cutting the grass when you can't, a parent who looks after a child with a broken leg, or a friend who stops by to check in on family member who may need some extra attention. Chances are you know a caregiver. Submit their name for the Heroes in the Home Awards. Five minutes of your time can show them how much they mean to you. Recognize them today: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NZYDYZW

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#YQG be cast your votes ; #harmonyinaction - Accessible Van for Participants @HarmonyInAction twitter.com/avivacanada/st…

If anyone is trying to overcome their #mentalillness every day, you are not alone. We'll overcome it together.... fb.me/1x5PGkiHb Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Trivia lovers unite! Join us @CaesarsWindsor on Nov. 9 in the Augustus Ballroom - call Peggy today for your tickets 519-974-2220 x225 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Do you know someone living with chronic pain? This article will help you understand what they're going through: zurl.co/mr157 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

For some students, the transition to university can be hard on mental health - The Globe and Mail theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting…

Stop using mental illness to explain away violence. It’s not that simple - The Globe and Mail theglobeandmail.com/opinion/stop-u…

Gord Downie's legacy extends beyond his music. He raised unprecedented awareness for glioblastoma. Our condolences to his family & friends. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

On #PersonsDay we remember the #FamousFive who challenged the definition of "person" in Canada to include women #ClaimYourPlace #LetThemHowl Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

B-I-N-G-Oooooo!! Support #YD by purchasing tickets to our upcoming fundraiser at @BreakawayGaming Nov 16 at 7:45PM! Tickets are only $15 for an all-in bingo package. Contact us for details! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

#HQOStandards for #schizophrenia care is now available w/ tools and resources for getting started. bit.ly/2vzVkJu #QI Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Level up! New experiences can help to create a bigger and better you! #WednesdayWellness #mentalhealth Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Maple Leafs’ Babcock working to change mental health conversation sprtsnt.ca/2xNThyd #mentalhealth #Leafs Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Here's a chance to share your knowledge & make a difference. Tell us which harm reduction strategies work & which don't. #HaveYourSay twitter.com/TheWECHU/statu… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Amazing, inspirational talk from Chantal Vallée at the @TheWECHU #GordSmithAwards Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

test Twitter Media - RT @KatieRWFWE: Amazing, inspirational talk from Chantal Vallée at the @TheWECHU #GordSmithAwards https://t.co/XmAZVLGuEf

A BIG CONGRATS to all 27 Gord Smith Healthy Workplace & Bike Friendly Award winners! Thank you for your commitment to Workplace Wellness. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Reminder - Windsor-Essex Community Opioid Strategy Community Consultation, October 18, doors open at 5:30 p.m. ow.ly/RI6Y30fQXdD Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today is the official launch of the Sikh Family Helpline, a peer-to-peer, non-emerg helpline servicing the Sikh community in Canada Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

If you or someone you know needs to talk call the #SikhFamilyHelpline. Lets #EndTheStigma.Tweet & RT to show your support #BellLetsTalk Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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