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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 West candidates now discussing the issues surrounding mental health. The only riding at the debate to have 4 candidates present. @CTVWindsor #KidsCantWait Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Language matters! For #NSPAD18, remember to use the language "person with schizophrenia" rather than "schizophrenic person." Schizophrenia is an illness, not an identity. #SupportSZ #CMHA100

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There’s no health without mental health. #erasethedifference twitter.com/frazier_father…

This isn’t an endorsement for a specific political party. Please note that inappropriate comments will be removed. T pscp.tv/w/bdc0qDM0MjU2… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

HDGH and @CMHAWECB are pleased to host an all candidates debate on Mental Health & Addictions. We’ll be live at 6:30 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

"There’s no mental health without housing." — @lurieste, executive director of @CMHAToronto. Check out this discussion on @theagenda on the importance of supportive housing for #mentalhealth: tvo.org/video/programs… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today, for National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, remember that your illness doesn't define you – your strength does. #NSPAD18 #SupportSZ #CMHA100

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Early intervention in schizophrenia and psychosis reduces suffering, improves quality of life, and reduces future episodes. Today for #NSPAD18, learn more about the early symptoms and warning signs of psychosis and schizophrenia. #SupportSZ #CMHA100 earlypsychosisintervention.ca/symptoms

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Early intervention in schizophrenia and psychosis reduces suffering, improves quality of life, and reduces future episodes. Today for #NSPAD18, learn more about the early symptoms and warning signs of psychosis and schizophrenia. #SupportSZ #CMHA100 earlypsychosisintervention.ca/symptoms Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today is #NSPAD18! #Recovery is possible, and expected, with the right treatments. Effective treatment can include counselling, medication, meaningful activity, & support from loved ones --> earlypsychosisintervention.ca/psychosis #SupportSZ #CMHA100 #Schizophrenia #EndStigma Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join us on Twitter as we live stream tonight's debate. Please note that commenting will be monitored however this debate is being moderated and as such questions will not be asked outside of the questions that the moderator has developed in advance to tonight's debate. twitter.com/HDGHWindsor/st… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today, for National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day, remember that your illness doesn't define you – your strength does. #NSPAD18 #SupportSZ #CMHA100 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

"And my whole thing is, if everyone would just kind of tell people that they have a mental illness, there wouldn’t be so much stigma. There really shouldn’t be any stigma. That needs to go away." - Michelle Hammer #NSPAD18 #SupportSZ #EndStigma themighty.com/2017/10/michel… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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The gap in mental health resources is a key issue this election. This @CBCNews article reviews current issues and party promises on mental health cbc.ca/news/canada/to… #kidscantwait #onpoli #OnElxn Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

This @globeandmail piece by @picardonhealth has sparked national conversation about #mentalhealth and the #healthcare system. What are your thoughts? tgam.ca/2J4YNWL Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We love to see our #NotMyselfToday partners engaging with the #NMT materials and taking steps to improve psychological health and safety at their workplace. Thanks for sharing @Financial_MD ! #MentalHealthAwareness #WorkplaceMentalHealth Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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