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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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8 hours ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Thank you Taryn of Aria & Autumn for your awesome donation to CMHA-WECB!
Taryn makes handmade headwraps made with love and donates 20% of each headband sale to CMHA-WECB. Check her out on Facebook and Etsy.
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2 days 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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Thank you to Hiram Walker & Sons for supporting our community and to Josh for nominating CMHA-WECB for this wonderful donation to our Suicide Prevention & Awareness programs. What an awesome brand centre you have! #hiddengem #yqggives #showyoursole ...

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CMHA-WECB is excited to introduce our newest Sole Focus Project ambassador, Charmaine Gillis, Owner & Master Soap Maker at Ocean Bottom Soap Company!
Thank you for showing your sole Charmaine!
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Are you 15-25 and passionate about helping your community? Join Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare & Mindyourmind.Ca on February 8th-10th for a design studio. We will be creating #MentalHealth tools specific to your community! ...

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Don’t forget to submit your abstract for our 2019 healthy workplaces conference, Roadmaps to Resiliency, May 13-14. Submissions close Jan 14. www.mentalhealthworks.ca/roadmaps-resiliency-2019/ ...

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1 week ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor
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We invite you and your organization to submit for consideration #abstracts for our healthy workplaces conference, Roadmaps to Resiliency, May 13-14, 2019! #MentalHealthWorks Read more here: www.mentalhealthworks.ca/roadmaps-resiliency-2019/ ...

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2 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Need a last minute gift? Check out these great shirts and our own Sole Focus Project shirts and socks!
solefocusproject.ca/swag-shop/TAKE A STAND MENTAL WELLNESS T-SHIRT CAMPAIGN !! It's not about shirts, this initiative is about creating awareness for mental wellness in teens and kids.

Heather Chauvin is donating 100% of the profits from the sales of these shirts to local organizations that help children and teens understand the power of their mind.

Our Goal is $50,000 we can't do this alone. Help us spread the word, please like & share this post..

The shirts can be purchased exclusively at www.heatherchauvin.com

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4 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Thank you to RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. and all of your agents and staff for the generous donation received today for our Bereavement Program. ...

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4 weeks ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

We are super excited to have been selected as the charity for Country at Heart 2019! Funds raised will provide over 150 individuals with ASIST Suicide Prevention training in this community. #showyoursoleHi everyone! It's official! Save the date for Country at Heart 2019! ...

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Happy Holidays from CMHA-WECB! Please note that our office will be closed at 2:00pm on Dec. 24, and closed on Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.
For mental health support, please call the 24-hour crisis line at 519-973-4435, or ConnexOntario is available 24/7 at 1-866-531-2600.
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1 month ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Come see us at #BrightLightsWindsor! We're here from 5:30-9:30pm! Take your pic with Buddy the Elf!
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Your donation will help people move away from stigma, isolation and loneliness that often follow in the wake of a mental health issue. This holiday season, give the gift of mental health.
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1 month ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Going to #BrightLightsWindsor tonight? Stop by and see Aria & Autumn for some amazing holiday gifts!
And while you're there stop by the CMHA-WECB table to meet Buddy the Elf!
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1 month ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

So excited to be part of this event!Hi everyone! It's official! Save the date for Country at Heart 2019! ...

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A big thank you to Cole & Thomas from the @SpitsHockey for coming out to @EECStAntoine and engaging over 200 youth in speaking about the importance of #mentalhealth #santémentale @teacherslife @ohlofficial @cmhaontario #talktoday #itsoktoaskforhelp

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Next week, #BounceBack with us! HDGH will be at @CMHAWECB's event to change the feel of #BlueMonday. Come learn about Mental Health services in our community. twitter.com/CMHAWECB/statu… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Check out @collegeboreal’s new #fundraising initiative that supports positive #mentalhealth on campus &throughout the province. For every application, the college is donating $5 to @CMHAOntario & @CMHInnovation. Your choice makes a difference! Learn more: ow.ly/XcX630nhrYW

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BounceBack Monday Open House at @CMHAWECB Jan 21st from 2-6 pm. Learn about free mental health services that are available with little to no wait time. bit.ly/2AHtHz2 youtu.be/W2VZhAEHB_M Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Come meet our interdisciplinary team at our Grand Opening, January 23, 10:30-11:30am and learn about our upstream approach to helping end hallway medicine!#WindsorTeamCareCentre #TCCgrandopening #healthiercommunities #communitybuilders #endhallwaymedicine #theteamisin @AllianceON Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

BounceBack to reclaim your mental health. Learn about community services available with little to no wait time, affordable rates and the FREE BounceBack program. Helping you achieve & maintain good mental health in 2019. Info at: fswe.ca/bounceback-mon…. #NowWereTalking Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Everyone knows that feeling tired can make you grumpy, but does #sleep impact your #mentalhealth in other ways? Based on what we discovered in our screening data, the answer is a resounding yes. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Young people who have easy access to health care and social services can cope with trauma more easily. buff.ly/2IfHDlS Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Do you or someone you know: have difficulty with clutter, collect items and not use them, have challenges letting go of items? The situation may have moved beyond clutter into a hoarding issue. For more information on clutter and hoarding issues go to: fswe.ca/on/hoarding-di… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Thank you to Hiram Walker & Sons for supporting our community and to Josh for nominating CMHA-WECB for this wonderful donation to our Suicide Prevention & Awareness programs. What an awesome brand centre you have! @CorbySW #hiddengem #yqggives #showyoursole

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Hey #Windsor! Are you 15-25 and passionate about helping your community? Join us on February 8th-10th for a design studio. We will be creating #MentalHealth tools specific to your community! #LeadersToday @HDGHWindsor ://bit.ly/2ReO3sU Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Save the date and join us for our official 2019 CMHA Ontario Conference, April 1 & 2! We'll be shining a light on the importance of continuous quality improvement in the community-based mental health and addictions sector. Find out more: ontario.cmha.ca/quality-improv… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Get those submissions ready this weekend! Monday, Jan 14 is the last day to submit your #abstract for our 2019 healthy workplaces conference, Roadmaps to Resiliency. #MentalHealthWorks ow.ly/ZCp430nb3kg

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SAVE THE DATE! CCSA’s 2019 Issues of Substance conference will in in Ottawa on November 25-27. Join us as we explore this year’s theme, Evidence and Perspectives, Compassion and Action. Learn more: bit.ly/2rINMQt Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We are excited to kick off 2019 with a special post from a good friend (and no stranger) to our HDGH blog. Danny inspires us by sharing how he continues to succeed through his own mental health struggles. hdgh.org/Blog/How-I-bui… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Remember! This week we are hosting a free webinar for workplaces on #stress and #anxiety! Please follow the link below to register! #MentalHealthMonday #MentalHealthMatters attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/23754… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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