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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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News & Events

Aug
09
Sinead O’Connor “receiving the best of care”
Sinead O'Connor is "surrounded by love and receiving the best...
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20
Ground Effects supports mental health initiative with $30K donation
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15
Mental Health Campaign Takes Home Second International Award
CMHA’s Sole Focus Project Receives a Gold Aster (June 12,...

Partners who take a stand for Mental Health

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared Thai Palace Restaurant's post. ...

Thai Palace would like to invite everyone and celebrate its 10th year of serving your delicious Thai favorites. In September, we will be hosting some exciting activities! (Wine tasting, live music, Thai traditional dance performances, raffle and more) The best part of this month is that a portion of our earnings will be given to support 2 of our chosen charities. More details to follow :)

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Sneak peak; "I'm Here" a song written by Ashley Vodarek will be performed at Cainer Fest September 16th 2-2am at Average Joes! come out & support Suicide Prevention 2017 #youarenotalone ...

Listen to "I'm here" a song written by Ashley Vodarek. She hopes the song will inspire others to reach out for help. www.cbc.ca/1.4251243

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Here is a sneak peak "I'm here", a special song created for #suicideprevention awareness week Sept10-16th by the #music4minds collaborative @ashleyvodarek @seriousfestival @lele.danger.roy Cainer Fest is the 3rd annual event & features an evening of live music in memory of Jordan "Cainer". visit CMHAWECB website for events during suicide awareness prevention week #yqg #youarenotalone #windsorontario Pushers Co. ...

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CMHA is excited to partner with Revolution Youth Theatre in Promoting mental health awareness about several topics affecting the youth of today! Please take a look at their page to learn more about what they do and their upcoming shows! CMHA will proudly be at all shows times, please stop in at our booth! ...

Real Life: an RYT Senior Players Production

August 29, 2017, 8:00pm - August 31, 2017, 8:00pm

Real Life explores serious issues that were scarce or non existant in previous generations but are real issues faced by youth today. WARNING: Course language and mature themes - not suitable for younger viewers Ticket Price : $10 each Show Dates and Times Tuesday August 29th at 8:00pm Wednesday August 30th at 8:00pm Thursday August 31st at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm) Tickets available by calling 226 345 9891 or online at windsor.snapd.com/events/view/1072753 Some youth have faced most or even all of these issues at one time or another. Suicide, depression, anxiety and addiction are reaching epidemic proportions. Human trafficking is more common than people realize and the number of victims are into the millions. Cyber Bullying has resulted in a severe increase in youth suicide and mental health issues. What constitutes sexual consent has become a real issue for both men and women. Please Join the RYT Senior Players as they try to bring these issues to light and offer ways for people suffering to find the help they need.

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CMHA-WECB is the only Canadian charity of the Detroit Marathon. Register today and take a stand for mental health!

Registration for all international events (including the Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay) ends August 28 at 11:59pm ET! No exceptions to this deadline will be made!
www.freepmarathon.com/
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Jenny-Lee is a Bilingual Mental Health Educator at the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

No, she is not an entrepreneur or a business owner BUT she plays an extremely important role in the community.

YQG Talks is about showcasing the incredible people in this city and we believe Jenny-Lee is one of those people.

Hear Jenny-Lee's story on August 22, 2017 at 7 PM.

www.ourevent.ca YQG Talks
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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in collaboration with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is leading a campaign to bring awareness about mental health promotion and suicide prevention. We have convened a large network of community partners to plan Suicide Prevention Awareness Week from September 10-16, 2017. The Suicide Prevention Awareness Week planning group includes representatives from all sectors including Workplace, Health Services, Community, School Boards, and Post-Secondary Institutions.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Kick-Off Walk is being held Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:30AM – 12PM. Taking place at St. Clair College, participants will walk from the SportsPlex through the college campus and alongside the Herb Gray Parkway Trail. The distance of the walk will be 5 km in total. Weather permitting, it will be held outside. In the event of inclement weather, the walk will be held on the track inside the SportsPlex. There is no cost associated with registration for the walk, participants who would like to collect pledges will have an opportunity to do so and may also purchase a t-shirt by ($15) donation.
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Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Kick-off Walk

September 10, 2017, 8:30am - September 10, 2017, 12:00pm

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in collaboration with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is leading a campaign to bring awareness about mental health promotion and suicide prevention. We have convened a large network of community partners to plan Suicide Prevention Awareness Week from September 10-16, 2017. The Suicide Prevention Awareness Week planning group includes representatives from all sectors including Workplace, Health Services, Community, School Boards, and Post-Secondary Institutions. Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Kick-Off Walk is being held Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:30AM – 12PM. Taking place at St. Clair College, participants will walk from the SportsPlex through the college campus and alongside the Herb Gray Parkway Trail. The distance of the walk will be 5 km in total. Weather permitting, it will be held outside. In the event of inclement weather, the walk will be held on the track inside the SportsPlex. There is no cost associated with registration for the walk, participants who would like to collect pledges will have an opportunity to do so and may also purchase a t-shirt by ($15) donation.

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Great two days at #windsorpride ! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and took a stand in support for mental health!! #mentalhealthforall #showyoursole #showyourpride 😀🌈 ...

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CMHA WECB is ready for the PARADE! #happypride ...

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#pride 😊Stop at our booth & show your sole!!! We will be there today at 12pm - 1030pm & Sunday right after we walk in the PARADE! ...

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We are #hiring a Registered Practical Nurse #RPN to join our team. Please see the #job #posting for full details. ow.ly/iVuD30ezefD

We are looking for a Registered Practical Nurse #RPN to join our #CMHAWECB team. Please see the #job #posting for full details.

Alarming figures indicate more awareness is needed to prevent suicide windsor.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1…

The Canadian Tigers Fan ticket package is back! Support the @CMHAWECB by going to see @tigers on September 15, 16 or 17. #MentalHealth #YQG twitter.com/CMHAWECB/statu… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Suicide is the reason for a musical fundraiser @CMHAWECB programs in W-E next month. Hear about Cainerfest @3:50: iheartradio.ca/am800?autoplay… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Happy to be a proud supporter of @CMHAWECB #SuicidePrevention Awareness Week Sept 10-16! Go to bit.ly/2uMEJhx for more information. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Schedule announced for 2nd-annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Week @CMHAWECB @TheWECHU | via @OurWindsorON ourwindsor.ca/community-stor… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

#suicideprevention Awareness Week Launch Event happening now @CMHAWECB

test Twitter Media - #suicideprevention Awareness Week Launch Event happening now @CMHAWECB https://t.co/XIe1aRioVy

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Watch Nam Kiwanuka's interview with André Picard tonight on TVO's "The Agenda" in the Summer at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Or streaming @TheAgenda. twitter.com/TheAgenda/stat… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

"We've closed our institutions & sent people into the streets. I don't see that as progress." — @picardonhealth on mental illness, at 8/11. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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