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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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Windsor officers and firefighters will compete to promote mental health awareness; @CMHAWECB named as charity partner. #MentalHealthAwareness windsorstar.com/news/local-new… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

“We needed something uniquely our own that really empowered our traditional methodologies of healing.” Read more about #Indigenous focused care for #SubstanceUseDisorder tvo.org/article/how-in… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We’re proud to be a charity partner of the Can-Am Police-Fire Games and the Can-Am Golf Series as #firstresponders in Windsor look to shine a light on #mentalhealth through some friendly competition. #MentalHealthAwareness windsorstar.com/news/local-new…

It was a nice day to launch a new event coming to the @cityofwindsor The @canampolicefire games committee announced a golf tournament and an important partnership with @CMHAWECB @drewdilkens @TeamGoranREMAX @CTVWindsor at 6 Watch the mayor drop a putt 😜 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Our own @kwillism in a media scrum today @RoselandGolf for @CityWindsorON announcement of welcoming us as a partner to @canampolicefire games in 2022. Today was kick off for the #golf series ! #YQG Kim spoke of the need for #mentalhealth education/ awareness for #FirstResponders

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Looking forward to partnership & support for #MentalHealth with #FirstResponders- for @canampolicefire #golf series. Thx to the people who do so much to keep our community safe. Thank you @CityWindsorON @drewdilkens @WindsorPolice @WindsorFire1 @EssexWindsorEMS @CanBorder #YQG twitter.com/citywindsoron/…

Head over to our Facebook page - we had live coverage this morning @RoselandGolf with @CityWindsorON announcing 2022 Can Am Police Fire Games @WindsorPolice @WindsorFire1 We are so grateful to be a partner on this exciting #YQG event! #FirstResponders #mentalhealth

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A partnership between the 2022 CanAm Games, Team Goran ReMax Realty, Rose City Ford, and LiUna 625 is announced, supporting @CMHAWECB. #sxont #YQG Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Become a member today! Help grow the awareness and break down the stigma towards mental health with online resources, training opportunities and most importantly apart of an amazing organization! @CMHAWECB #solefocusproject #showyoursole #mentalhealthmatters Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Our sole focus is a mentally healthy community. One way we are working to achieve that is through education, awareness & prevention supported by the Sole Focus Project. Proceeds from Breakfast of Champions put us closer to our $1.5 million goal. Thank you! ow.ly/o1Hk30oeHCT

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Wishing all who celebrate a very Happy Easter!

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Another thank you to @dangemusteam - tuning into @am800cklw - listening to Dan & team talking about their Country At Heart event last weekend. It was great Dan & team. Thank you for supporting our suicide prevention programs. We are so appreciative of all generous sponsors. #YQG

Wishing all who celebrate a very Happy Passover!

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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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The Other Side of the Hero is a documentary exploring the toll traumatic calls can have on first responders and their families. There is a free screening on May 16th at 7 p.m. at Imagine Cinemas Lakeshore. Register here: bit.ly/2XecTse #FirstResponders Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Events such as Breakfast of Champions are not possible without the incredible support of our generous sponsors. @CMHAWECB thanks: Grain of Sand Foundation, Cornerstone Family Caring, KPMG, ONA Local 8, Janssen &Trillium Contracting! #generouscommunity ow.ly/TP2v30oeHsi

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All children experience stress and are often under more stress than we may think. The demands and expectations to achieve academically and socially can sometimes be overwhelming. An important part of tackling stress in children is being able to identify the signs. #kids #stress Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths. Drop your shoulders and relax your arms and legs. Meditation can be extremely helpful 💭 Learn how to de-stress and solve challenges during exams with #BounceBack. Visit bouncebackontario.ca to learn more. #bbforexams #UofT Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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