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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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Need help? Call the 24-hour Crisis Line: 519-973-4435
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Need help? Call the 24-hour Crisis Line: 519-973-4435
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Our friends from the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre sent us this great staff picture wearing their you are not alone t-shirts in support of suicide prevention awareness month #suicideprevention2018 #youarenotalone WECHC - Sandwich Community Health ...

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CMHA-WECB is excited to introduce our newest Sole Focus Project campaign ambassador, Jeff Casey snapd Windsor! #ShowYourSole ...

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

We’ve teamed up with the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor and it’s a dream come true!

I’ve always wanted to help with a local community organization and this just made sense.

The CMHA helped me and now it’s time for me to give back!

20% of each headwrap purchase will be donated to the CMHA. You can purchase the headwraps through Facebook for $10/each.

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Over 670 participants took part in the 3rd annual suicide prevention awareness walk which took place at St. Clair College. Registration was free for the walk, however participants who wanted to make a donation could do so by purchasing a Suicide Prevention Awareness T-shirt, or by donating $15 or more when registering for the walk. The Suicide Prevention Awareness Week planning group includes representatives from all sectors including Workplace, Health Services, Community, School Boards, and Post-Secondary Institutions. Visit www.cmha.ca for more information. Did you take part in the walk? Comment below! See someone you know? Tag their picture! Photos by Simon Wyn Edwards Photography ...

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

We can’t thank our #yqg community & all partners for the amazing turnout this morning! Over 670 participants participated in the 3rd annual suicide prevention awareness walk! A special thank you to ALL of our volunteers including Holly Names & Villanova students!! We could not have done this walk without the help of every single one of you! @stclairsaintsathletics Family Services Windsor-Essex @youthdiversion_ecdp @downtownmission St. Clair College Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Windsor Police Service Windsor-Essex County HEALTH UNIT Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association Essex-Windsor EMS Cabaret for a Cause LaSalle Police Service The House Youth Centre & many more! ...

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A huge thank you to Tony Ammoun & friends for coming out & singing their original song #youarenotalone for bruceyfest in support of #suicidepreventionawareness #suicideprevention2018 #suicidepreventionmonth #yqg #localartist ...

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Rise and shine! Join us this morning for the 3rd annual Suicide Prevention Awareness walk leaving from St. Clair College along the Herb Gray Parkway. Registration is FREE.
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Walk with us tomorrow in the third annual Suicide Prevention Awareness walk. Walk for those we have lost, and for those we can save. #YouAreNOTAlone #SuicidePrevention2018
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Today is #GratitudeDay! Practicing gratitude can help boost your mood and better manage the symptoms of #MentalIllness. What are you #grateful for today? Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We are hiring a #Youth #Outreach #Worker. Please see the below posting for full details.

We are hiring a #Bilingual #Community #Support #Worker, #Intensive #Case #Management. Please see the below job posting for details.

#WorldMentalHealthDay is observed every year to raise awareness of mental illnesses, put an end to stigma, and promote #MentalHealth initiatives internationally. @Canada - we're calling on you to designate Oct 10th as #WorldMentalHealthDay petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/De… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We were honoured to help present this cheque for $4000 to our friends at @cmhawecb at the #SuicidePreventionAwareness Week community walk this past Sunday. If you missed it, please meet us for our SRC-led campus walk at noon on September 25th by the fountain. #youarenotalone Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

On #WorldSuicidePreventationDay please read up on the signs someone you know may need help. Please see this link from our friends at @CMHAWECB windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We have added another ASIST training date(s). Join us on November 28th & 29th 2018. windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/asist-n… Results demonstrate that ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready, & able to intervene with someone having thoughts of suicide. Please share!

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We must continue the fight to end stigma for ALL mental illnesses, not just #anxiety and #depression. huffingtonpost.ca/arthur-gallant… We've come so far in dispelling stigma, but it still exists today, especially for diagnoses like #BPD. #RT to continue the conversation. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

"Organizations must be willing to give up the current way of doing things." Visit Quorum to find out how @TheWECHU worked in partnership with six agencies to address community needs. @afhto @CMHAWECB bit.ly/2DzYlKk Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

6.7 million Canadians experience mental illness in any given year, but mental health supports are vastly inaccessible to many across the country. CMHA is calling for new legislation to bring #mentalhealth into balance with physical health care: ow.ly/kGf630lQKo3 #parity Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

CMHA is calling for new legislation to end the disparity between mental health & physical health. @CMHA_NTL outlines how to achieve this balance in a new policy paper. To read the press release & download the full paper or summary, visit ow.ly/wXrc30lQD0r #Parity #CMHA100 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Do you think anxiety and depression are epidemic in this country? You are not alone: 53% of Canadians agree. It’s time to respond: #MentalHealth hangs in the balance. Read our call for equal care and funding here: cmha.ca #Parity #CMHA100 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

At the launch of the Walk for Suicide Awareness .... with Jo and Kate who donated $500 on behalf of the RH1/Emara bake sale to the cause. So proud of our team @HDGHWindsor who always work to give back to our community. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We are hard-wired to live: at the point of suicidal crisis, a person has typically lost all hope and sees no other alternative than to end their life. buff.ly/2N0rI1a Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Great turnout and beautiful weather today for #YouAreNotAlone @StClairCollege @CMHAWECB Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Battling the heat and an important topic, #YD volunteers Ahmad, Christina and Jason are at @CMHAWECB suicide prevention walk showing that #youarenotalone Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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