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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

Nov
07
“Show Your Sole” with socks for mental health in Windsor-Essex
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Nov
01
Rock Your Sole Raises Record Amount for Mental Health
WINDSOR, ON / October 27, 2017: [Windsor, ON] – $120,000...
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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Thank you to our generous Light the Way sponsors. You help to ensure the sustainability of our Bereavement Program for those coping with the loss of a loved one.
Light the Way at Devonshire Mall now until Boxing Day.
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The Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor Essex held their ninth annual Candlelight Vigil at the Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor in remembrance of children who have died. Families and friends assembled in the Canada Hall for opening remarks, followed by an outdoor procession through a candle lined path. Refreshments provided by Tim Horton's followed the procession. Visit www.cmha-wecb.on.ca for more information. - Photos by Mike Kovaliv Photography

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Join us this evening for our 9th annual Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of children who have died. All are welcome.

Assemble in Canada Hall at the Fogolar Furlan Club at 6:30pm for opening remarks, followed by an outdoor procession. Refreshments following the procession in Canada Hall. Please bring a photo of your child for the memory table.
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Purchase your $2 ornament to hang on our display trees at Devonshire Mall (outside Lids/The Telephone Booth). Your donation supports our Light the Way campaign and our Bereavement Program. ...

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Visit our Light the Way display this morning at 10:30am and hear students from St. John the Baptist sing holiday carols.
(Devonshire Mall outside Lids/The Telephone Booth)
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Light the Way this holiday season for those coping with the loss of a loved one. Donations to our Light the Way display at Devonshire Mall support our Bereavement Program and the 600+ children and adults that use our services annually. ...

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This forum has been organized to increase awarenes and share information on prevention, support and treatment of addictions in our community.

Pre-registration not required, but available:
www.notmykid2018.eventbrite.com
For more info, contact WECHC @ 519-258-6002 x501
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Not My Kid - Adolescents & Addictions

February 1, 2018, 5:30pm - February 1, 2018, 9:00pm

This forum has been organized to increase awarenes and share information on prevention, support and treatment of addictions in our community. Pre-registration not required, but available: www.notmykid2018.eventbrite.com For more info, contact WECHC @ 519-258-6002 x501

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Join us this Sunday evening for our 9th annual Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of children who have died.
Assemble in Canada Hall at the Fogolar Furlan Club at 6:30pm for opening remarks, followed by an outdoor procession. Refreshments following the procession in Canada Hall. Please bring a photo of your child for the memory table.
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Stop by our Light the Way display at Devonshire Mall (outside Lids/The Telephone Booth) and purchase an ornament in memory of a loved one. Your $2 donation will support our Bereavement Program. Or, donate $5 or more and be entered into a draw to win a $250 Devonshire Mall gift card. ...

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One hour left to come & shop at Chapters Windsor where %15 of all eligible sales will go toward our client assistance fund. Come see us & show them your invite! Thank you to our shoppers ...

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Huge thanks to all who chose CMHA as their favourite cause for Giving Tuesday! Your #GivingTuesday gift will help people move away from the stigma, isolation and loneliness that often follow in the wake of a mental health issue. If you are still interested in donating, check out our online donation form.
windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/support-mental-health-for-giving-tuesday/
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Holiday gift giving idea needed? Purchase your #solefocusproject @goodlucksock as a great gift for family, friends, kids & colleagues! Can be purchased online (click link in bio) or come by #cmhawecb Located at 1400 Windsor Ave. #yqg #socksfordays #mentalhealth

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Hey parents! Try these to share your children’s school day and learning with them! @gecdsbpro Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Thanks to the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well as Luke Boka and Brock Baier from the Windsor Spitfires, for their informative presentation today about mental wellness. @SpitsHockey #HealthyBodyHealthyMind Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Support the Sole Focus Project with @CMHAWECB and #ShowYourSole! These fun #SoleFocusProject socks are still available by visiting solefocusproject.ca Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

To celebrate #HumanRightsDay, we released a new #Equity Action Framework. ow.ly/HwMp30h9y2h Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Had a convo yesterday with a very knowledgeable young man who ‘gets’ mental illness & recovery. His advice - talk about it - the more comfy you are the more likely others will be too. Stigma goes away one person & one convo at a time. Smart & compassionate advice. 👏 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join us tonight @ 6:30 pm for candlelight vigil @fogolarfurlan. All welcome. #bereavement #rememberourchildren

Interested in workplace mental health? Register for the free @CMHA_MHWorks webinar on the new Employment Standard in Ontario! ow.ly/kj7B30h6nPz #workplaceMH Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Good luck to all #hockeyplayers this weekend in the #77classictourament & special thank you to the @lasallesabres98 for your kindness & generosity.

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"You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be." #mentalhealth #mhsm #mhchat #quotes Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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