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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

Jun
15
Mental Health Campaign Takes Home Second International Award
CMHA’s Sole Focus Project Receives a Gold Aster (June 12,...
May
31
CMHA-WECB Sole Focus Campaign wins Platinum Hermes Award
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May
01
Essex-Windsor EMS newest partner!
CMHA-WECB is excited to announce that the Essex-Windsor EMS is...

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Festivities after the ride! Huge thank you to our sponsors, ride committee, volunteers & EVERY SINGLE person who came out to ride for mental health!!!! 🚴🏼‍♀️👏🏽🌞💕Ride Don't Hide CMHA National ...

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Wonderful teacher from St. Pius X Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board riding for her #studentsmentalhealth 💕💕💕 if this is your teacher she is AWESOME!!!! #ridedonthide2017 #ridedonthide @ridedonthide #mentalhealth ...

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Just finished riding for a great cause!! Ride Don't Hide #mentalhealthforall ...

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A beautiful morning spent at the Ride Don't Hide event in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor. Lots of kids on bikes doing that #pushplayoutside thing.

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Thank you for this support WINDSOR !!!!! 🚴🏼‍♀️👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 amazing peeps riding today!!!!!! ...

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Ride Don't Hide 20k & 10k riders getting ready to ride for mental health!!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🚴🏼‍♀️ ...

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#ridedonthide Ride Don't Hide COME OUT and ride or cheer on our riders!!!! 30mins away until the 20 & 10k ...

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CMHAWECB happy to be a part of the compassion care community Launch yesterday! ...

Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community Weccc held a special launch event at Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG) located at 3735 King Street to kick off a week full of community events. Events will be in Leamington June 27 at Sun Parlor 12-4pm, Tecumseh June 28 at St. Andrews Church 12-4pm, Belle River June 29 at Atlas Tube Centre 1-4pm & Kingsville June 30 at Kingsville Arena Complex starting at 7pm. The Windsor Essex Compassion Care Community is citizens, families, neighbours, service providers, businesses and community leaders who believe in the power of community. Join the movement. Neighbours Fairs and entertainment will be featured throughout Windsor and Essex County. Visit www.weccc.ca for more information. - Photos by Mike Kovaliv Photography

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Our volunteers & Key members of our Ride Don't Hide Steering Committee . Thank you East Side Marios Windsor for helping host our volunteer orientation and appreciation dinner!

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Coming soon!!! SOCKS SOCKS SOCKS to help you take a stand in support of mental health!! #yqg #windsorontario #mentalhealthforall #solefocusproject #showyoursole #solefocus @goodlucksock 🙌🏽 ...

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It's almost time for Ride Don't Hide. Tell us why YOU are riding?

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Thank you Tim for taking a stand in support of mental health #showyoursole #solefocusproject ...

Here is Tim showing his Sole for Mental Health! 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. Show us your Sole & help the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor. Take a look at the campaign launch video www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyUKYpeGCAU #RockHarbour #MentalHealth #ShowYourSole #YQG #PayItForward

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Thank you Rotary Club of Windsor! 👏🏽 ...

The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) was pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016/17 Community Service Grants totalling $45,879 to support local charities. The cheques were presented at a media conference at the Windsor Star News Cafe. Community Service Grants were created to have a more direct positive impact in the local community and stem from proposals from our community championed by a Club Member. $190,170 has been distributed in the last four years. Ten charities were presented with cheques: Arts Council of Windsor-Essex/Windsor Poetry Slam; Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor, Windsor-Essex; Harmony In Action; The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County; The Safety Village; United Way Windsor-Essex/Summer Lunch Program; The Windsor Youth Centre; Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society; Windsor-Essex Down’s Syndrome Association & the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association. Visit www.facebook.com/Rotary.Club.Windsor.1918/ for more information. Photos by Simon Wyn Edwards Photography

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared snapd Windsor's album. ...

Russtek Media is proud to partner up with Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and Clinic Seeker to bring out a cool twist on networking! Everyone was invited to come out to the Walkerville Brewery with their business cards and enjoy some great local craft beer while networking with some amazing people. CMHA and Clinic Seeker had booths set up to talk all things mental health. #ShowYourSole

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Thank you for supporting this important cause @noellemontcalm . Always proud of our nursing grad! twitter.com/CMHAWECB/statu… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today we join and support @CMHAWECB at the #RideDontHide event, spreading awareness and fundraising for mental health! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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