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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, 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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The WindsorEssex Community Foundation’s 2018 Vital Signs® survey is here and they want to hear from YOU!
Please take 15 minutes of your time to let them know what you think of the quality of life in Windsor/Essex.

Released each October, the Vital Signs® report combines national, provincial, and local data with residents’ views of important issues. The report is used as an educational resource to engage the Windsor/Essex community in ongoing dialogue of what Windsor/Essex is doing well and where assistance is needed most so we can make our community an even better place to live, work, play and grow.

Please click on this link to complete the survey today: wecf.wufoo.com/forms/z1rkosop15mdfcd/
Those who complete the survey in full have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win $100! Let’s hear your voice Windsor/Essex!

If you’d like to read the 2017 Vital Signs® report, please visit our website wecf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Windsor-Essexs_2017_VitalSignsReport_Final.pdf.
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Huge shout out @anumitajain an amazing youth that organized the successful MUSIC FOR #mentalhealth in May! Thank you so much to all who attended and of course a special thank you to our #yqg #youth #community #supportlocal #musicformentalhealth 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 ...

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How do we create a better mental-health care system in Canada?
Panelists at the CAMH Difference Makers event on May 23, 2018 discuss the difficulties of ensuring accessible mental health care for all Canadians.
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Suicide to Hope is a one-day workshop designed for caregivers working with those recently at risk of and currently safe from suicide. Register before July 30th & save $25 for upcoming session or contact us to bring this workshop to your workplace or community! Feel free to share!

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Being able to recognize and intervene with someone at risk of suicide to prevent immediate suicide risk is a skill you'll learn in the two-day ASIST workshop, offered September 13th & 14th. Contact us at 519-255-9940 ext. 234 if you would like a private training at your workplace. ...

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3 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Thank you to all #ridedonthide participants !The Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor Essex County Branch hosted their 5th annual Ride Don't Hide event. Riders joined thousands of other participants in the coast-to-coast Nationwide event. The event was a ride, not a race and featured distances suitable for every age and fitness level, including 10k, 20k, 50k and 100k lengths! Riders enjoyed a light breakfast, rider gift bag, pre-ride warm-up, post-ride lunch, entertainment and prizes. Proceeds will go to support the Bereavement Program, Client Assistance Fund and Mental Health Awareness, Education and Training through the Sole Focus Project campaign. Visit windsoressex.cmha.ca for more information. Did you take part in Ride Don’t Hide? Comment below! See someone you know? Tag their picture! Photos by Simon Wyn Edwards Photography ...

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Early start this morning #yqg #ridedonthide ! We are here & you can still register!! Come out for a bike ride ! #mentalhealthawareness #ridedonthide2018 @ Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society ...

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There is no single way or “right” way to cope with thoughts of suicide. People will experience thoughts of suicide differently and, therefore, coping with these thoughts will be different for every individual. Our toolkits have resources that could help: buff.ly/2st8cNv Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Thank you @CMHAOntario for sharing @foodrescueca in your most recent newsletter! Check it out here: ow.ly/ATqW30kWfbb #mentalhealth #foodaccess Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

The Understanding Stigma free online course was developed for #healthcare professionals & other frontline clinicians to challenge stigmatizing attitudes, behaviours towards #mentalhealth through various instructional activities. Learn more: buff.ly/2Jlk2Q0. @camhEdu Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Tonight, have a laugh and help raise funds for @CMHAWECB! @TheMansShop will host starting at 8:30PM, with a full bar, kitchen and ICE CREAM! $5 only to get in! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Here's a free, online tool to determine the possibility of excessive gambling in a variety of situations that may put your client at risk. It was developed by researchers @CAMHnews Inventory of Gaming Situations learn.problemgambling.ca/eip/inventory-… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We have some great Seminars and Discussion Groups taking place this Summer including tomorrow on the Power of Positive Parenting. There is still time to register! Learn more: hdgh.org/triplep Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Social disconnection can have an enormous impact on our mental health. buff.ly/2I2qawM Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Created with journalists in mind, the Media Reference Guide we created together with @The519 is a useful primer for anyone who wants to better understand and make use of gender-inclusive language #PrideMonth rainbowhealthontario.ca/resources/medi… #transhealth #genderinclusivity Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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"As common as panic attacks are, many people do mistake panic attacks as being the same thing as anxiety attacks – which they are not." Learn more about signs of a panic attack and what you can do if you feel one coming on: ow.ly/mHER30kG3CY #MentalHealthIsHealth Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Today, for National Injury Prevention Day, remember to consider psychological health and safety, too. Become certified in #PsychologicalHealthAndSafety to make your workplace a safer environment. cmha.ca/workplace/trai… #TurnSafetyOn Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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