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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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3 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

A gift that gives twice!
Holiday gift giving idea needed? Purchase your #solefocusproject Good Luck Sock or #showyoursole shirt 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. #weallneedsocks #clothingforacause😍❤️🙌 #yqg #socksfordays #mentalhealth #supportlocal #showyoursole #giftgiving #holidays @ Windsor, Ontario
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Big thank you to Cole & Thomas from the Windsor Spitfires for coming out to LaSalle Public and engaging 300 youth in speaking about the importance of #mentalhealth . This presentation is made possible by Teacherslife Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario OHL #talktoday #itsoktoaskforhelp ...

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5 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

CMHA-WECB is excited to introduce our newest Sole Focus Project ambassador, Heather Chauvin!
If you are looking for some great holiday gift ideas, check out Heather's cool new shop. All profits support CMHA-WECB!
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CMHA-WECB is excited to introduce our newest Sole Focus Project campaign ambassador, Jeremy Soulliere, Windsor Fire Fighter! #ShowYourSole ...

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Please join us this Sunday for our 10th annual Candlelight Vigil in memory of children who have died.
6:30pm at the Fogolar Furlan Club. Visit our website for details: windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/vigil/
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1 week ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Getting into the holiday spirit at Swim with Santa at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre. Come visit us! #swimwithsanta #happyholidays ...

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1 week ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Are you between the ages of 12-19? Do you feel passionately about youth mental health? If so, YiP is for you! Join today at www.hdgh.org/YIP ...

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Thank you to all who chose CMHA-WECB as their favourite cause for #GivingTuesday! Your gift will help people move away from the stigma, isolation and loneliness that often follow in the wake of a mental health issue. You can still donate and continue to support positive #MentalHealth: windsoressex.cmha.ca/donate/ #ThankYouThursday ...

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2 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Thinking of post-secondary education in French? Collège Boréal is accepting applications! For every application, $5 will be donated to Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and its campus program, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH), in support of positive mental health on campus and across Ontario.
Learn more: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/college-boreal-and-cmha-ontario-team-up-in-support-of-mental-health/ #MentalHealthMatters #givingback
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2 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Are you a high school student looking to enroll in a French-language college in Ontario? Apply now to Collège Boréalbury and support their #mentalhealth initiative in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH). Your choice makes a difference! Learn more: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/college-boreal-and-cmha-ontario-team-up-in-support-of-mental-health/ #StudentMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters ...

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1 in 10 Canadians suffer from some type of substance use disorder. Join us to raise awareness and end the stigma: ow.ly/auxj30mL2PA #NAAWCanada ...

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GivingTuesday is here! Help CMHA-WECB by volunteering or donating and support the resilience and recovery of those living with mental health or addictions issues. Check out the story for more info: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/support-mental-health-addictions-services-and-awareness-for-giving-tues... #GivingTuesdayCA #MentalHealth ...

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It's National Addictions Awareness Week. Addiction doesn't discriminate, it affects people from all walks of life. Help end the stigma: windsoressex.cmha.ca/cmha-wecb-recognizes-national-addictions-awareness-week/ ...

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Anyone can have an impact on GivingTuesday. Join us tomorrow and give the gift of positive mental health by donating or volunteering at CMHA-WECB. #GivingTuesdayCA #MentalHealth
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2 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Collège Boréal is a huge supporter of positive mental health on campus and throughout the province. The French-language school promises applicants ‘Your choice makes a difference.’ $5 from each unique application to go to Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and its campus program, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH). See how you can support this initiative: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/college-boreal-and-cmha-ontario-team-up-in-support-of-mental-health/ #MentalHealthMatters #givingback ...

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2 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

We know that while the holidays can bring joy and happiness to some, to others they can bring stress, despair, and loneliness. If you are feeling like things are getting to be too much, let HDGH's Crisis team help.

Give us a call 519-973-4435 📞
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2 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and Collège Boréal have teamed up to support positive mental health on campus and across the province. For every application received, the college will donate $5 to CMHA Ontario and its campus program, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH). Learn more: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/college-boreal-and-cmha-ontario-team-up-in-support-of-mental-health/ #StudentMentalHealth #MentalHealthMatters #givingback ...

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We’re recognizing National Housing Day today and the challenges faced by many people in finding a safe and affordable place to call home. Evidence shows that having a place to call home means a better quality of life and success in education and work. Housing with supports is key to recovery for many people living with #mentalhealth or #addictions issues. Learn more: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/national-housing-day-recognizes-the-importance-of-safe-and-affordable-h... #NationalHousingDay #SupportiveHousing ...

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3 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

300 students from Windsor Essex participated in the Youth Summit to learn and celebrate mental health!Approximately 300 high school students from the Greater Essex County District School Board participated in a half day of workshops and keynote speakers on topics relating to youth mental health. The event which took place at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor Inc. also included break-out sessions in yoga, creative writing, social media and much more! Visit www.cmha-wecb.on.ca for more information. Did you attend the Youth Summit? Comment below! See some one you know? Tag their picture! Photos by Simon Wyn Edwards Photography ...

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New program aims to free up mental health hospital beds for kids, youth cbc.ca/news/canada/ki… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre a one-stop downtown shop for mental health help, via @TheWindsorStar windsorstar.com/news/local-new… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Innovation in mental health service delivery in Windsor ... good things happening here. 😊👏👍 @ESCLHIN @celliottability @HDGHWindsor @CMHAWECB twitter.com/lorraineoloya/… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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I ❤️ this! Our staff doing a media scrum....talking about all that’s amazing and the change we’ve brought to our community through this facility and these partnerships. @CMHAWECB @HDGHWindsor @LaSallePoliceON @celliottability @ESCLHIN Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

HDGH VP Bill Marra opens the Open House at the Transitional Stability Centre, now know as the Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre. #cklw@AM800NewsRetweeted by CMHA Windsor

Here at our open house for the TSC downtown WINDSOR. Delighted that so many have come to hear about what’s happening here. An important part of our Mental Health continuum. ⁦@ESCLHIN⁩ ⁦@HDGHWindsor⁩ ⁦⁦@CMHAWECB⁩ ⁦@celliottability⁩ ⁦@WRHospitalRetweeted by CMHA Windsor

Vice President, External Affairs @HDGHWindsor @biagiobillmarra kicks off the Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre Open House. @CTVWindsor Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Only 8 spots left! Don’t forget to register if interested windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/asist-j… or contact mhp@cmha-wecb.on.ca

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Thank you to @WECFoundation for their support of the #mentalhealth and addictions #community here in #WindsorEssex! We are honoured to be one of the recipients. twitter.com/WECFoundation/…

Try something different this #holidayseason & change up that to do list to lower #holidaystress 😊⛄️ #mentalhealth #ThursdayThoughts

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We want to know what you think about our services and priorities as we prepare a 10-year Master Plan to optimize patient care in Windsor and Essex County. #helpYOURems Take the survey: countyofessex.on.ca/emssurvey Learn more: bit.ly/2G4kplN Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

During exam time, it can be easy to let your routines fall to the wayside -- but it’s important to maintain those healthy habits for your #mentalhealth. Learn more through Transitions: teenmentalhealth.org/transitions #mentalhealth Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

#December6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Today we remember the tragic, senseless murder of 14 women at l'École Polytechnique in Montreal 29 years ago, and strive to ensure that violence against women is eliminated. #VAW #EndVAW 🌹 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. Everyone has a role to play in ending gender-based violence. Take the pledge #MYActionsMatter #EndViolence. swc-cfc.gc.ca/commemoration/… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Cole Purboo and Thomas Stevenson along with @CMHAWECB are presenting to Lasalle Public School this morning about Mental Health thanks to the #TalkToday Program presented by @TeachersLifeCAN Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Special thanks to volunteers like Roger who have staffed the Light the Way display ⁦@devonshiremall⁩. Be sure to stop by before Saturday to support the ⁦@CMHAWECB⁩. #bereavement #mentalhealth #holidays #yqg

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CMHA Ontario is awarding two doctoral fellowships valued at up to $5000 each to recognize and support #mentalhealth and #addictions services #research. Learn more & apply by Jan. 31, 2019: buff.ly/2rk9gmJ @WesternU Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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