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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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As of Jan. 22 CMHA-WECB will no longer be accepting "walk-in" clients. Individuals needing immediate mental health services should visit the Transitional Stability Centre @ 736-744 Ouellette Ave. Open 8a-8p 7 days/wk with staff from CMHA-WECB and HDGH. ow.ly/PXPf30hFDUL

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Dr. Ian Manion is proof that even doctors and psychologists experience mental illness, and just like us, doctors and psychologists can be well. Watch this video to hear his story. #BellLetsTalk Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

RT @CAMHnews: New blog from Dr. Sean Kidd talks about interactions w/ #homeless #youth, and why he & colleagues were prompted to create a practical guide for service providers working w/ youth w/ #mentalhealth & addiction issues: camhblog.ca/2018/01/18/res… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Have you signed the petition yet? Let's make it clear it's time to #erasethedifference between physical and #mentalhealth care. Take a minute to sign at erasethedifference.ca Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Providing psychological and social support in the workplace means creating an environment of trust. Create a psychologically safe and healthy workplace using these tips from the #StandardCda and @OttawaHealth: buff.ly/2Dq0cBV Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

It’s time to #erasethedifference and fund #mentalhealth and #addictions care the same as physical health care. Join me and sign the petition at erasethedifference.ca. #erasethedifference #mentalhealth #addictions Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Session 1 of the 2018 Mental Health Seminar Series is tonight - 7:00 p.m. at Caboto Club - reflecting on mindfulness with Dr. Carlin Miller Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Read Steve Lurie's Letter to the Editor regarding funding of #mentalhealth in Ontario. tgam.ca/2mIEIbA Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Meet @lesleyraekelly, one of our inspiring friends of #BellLetsTalk! Lesley is sharing her family’s story in hopes of encouraging others in the farming community to speak openly about mental health. Learn more about her story here: ow.ly/DZwO30hN5rt Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

For anyone struggling w anxiety. Here’s some advice I got a long time ago. youtu.be/HqSoxMOrVeE Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

New blog from Dr. Sean Kidd talks about interactions w/ #homeless #youth, and why he & colleagues were prompted to create a practical guide for service providers working w/ youth w/ #mentalhealth & addiction issues: camhblog.ca/2018/01/18/res… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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