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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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Please join us for an Adult Bereavement Information Session that will provide you with support and information about what to do after someone dies, regardless of when or how the death occurred. While there will be some opportunity to share, there is no expectation for you to speak or participate during this information session. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative for support.
Topics that will be explored in this 90 minute session:
 - How Grief Affects You
 - Common Reactions and Appropriate Expectations
 - Healthy Coping Strategies
 - Taking Care of Yourself

Please RSVP* by leaving a message with Colleen at 519-255-9940 ext. 215 with your name and phone number. Please mention if you plan to bring a support person.
* Note: you must RSVP so we can contact you should there be a change in meeting date or time.
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Adult Bereavement Information Session

March 21, 2018, 10:00am - March 21, 2018, 11:30am

Please join us for an Adult Bereavement Information Session that will provide you with support and information about what to do after someone dies, regardless of when or how the death occurred. While there will be some opportunity to share, there is no expectation for you to speak or participate during this information session. You are welcome to bring a friend or relative for support. Topics that will be explored in this 90 minute session:  - How Grief Affects You  - Common Reactions and Appropriate Expectations  - Healthy Coping Strategies  - Taking Care of Yourself Please RSVP* by leaving a message with Colleen at 519-255-9940 ext. 215 with your name and phone number. Please mention if you plan to bring a support person. * Note: you must RSVP so we can contact you should there be a change in meeting date or time.

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PURPOSE: safeTALK helps participants become alert to suicide. Participants will learn to notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts may be present. They will also learn how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further suicide-safer help.
PARTICIPANTS: Anyone 15 or older.
DURATION: 3 hours–3.5 hours (half a day)
COST: $35.00 Taxes included in registration cost. Student Rate available please call for details.
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Safe TALK training - become a suicide alert helper

May 8, 2018, 5:00pm - May 8, 2018, 8:30pm

PURPOSE: safeTALK helps participants become alert to suicide. Participants will learn to notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts may be present. They will also learn how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further suicide-safer help. PARTICIPANTS: Anyone 15 or older. DURATION: 3 hours–3.5 hours (half a day) COST: $35.00 Taxes included in registration cost. Student Rate available please call for details.

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People cannot recover without adequate housing. Sign the petition to #ErasetheDifference and invest #WhereChangeHappens: www.erasethedifference.ca
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared Ride Don't Hide's photo. ...

Ride Don't Hide raises funds for essential programs and services in communities, workplaces and schools - programs that change lives. Programs that save lives. Donate to your local CMHA branch today: ridedonthide.com/ #cmha100 #ridedonthide #mentalhealth #rideinplainsight

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Canadians deserve access to health care that works. When it comes to mental health, effective care includes psychological services. #PsychologyMonth #CMHA100 ...

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Check out tonight's Plugged IN on YourTV Cable 11 (700 HD) at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Andrea Morosin interviews CMHA-WECB's Pat Thomas and HDGH's Tammy Kotyk about the Transitional Stability Centre and Coordinated Access.
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The math is simple: we can help more people by hiring more people. Sign the petition to #ErasetheDifference and invest #WhereChangeHappens: www.erasethedifference.ca
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Let's improve access to services by keeping good people. Sign the petition to #ErasetheDifference and invest #WhereChangeHappens: www.erasethedifference.ca
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Check out tonight's Plugged IN on YourTV Cable 11 (700 HD) at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Andrea Morosin interviews CMHA-WECB's Pat Thomas and HDGH's Tammy Kotyk about the Transitional Stability Centre and Coordinated Access.
www.youtube.com/embed/ARfhENr0GVs
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For too long, mental health and addictions have been treated as second to physical health. Sign the petition to #ErasetheDifference and invest #WhereChangeHappens:
windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/champions-call-for-increased-funding-for-mental-health-and-addictions-c...
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor updated their cover photo. ...

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Check out tonight's Plugged IN on YourTV Cable 11 (700 HD) at 5:30pm. Andrea Morosin interviews CMHA-WECB's Pat Thomas and HDGH's Tammy Kotyk about the Transitional Stability Centre and Coordinated Access.
www.youtube.com/embed/ARfhENr0GVs
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Check out tonight's Plugged IN on YourTV Cable 11 (700 HD) at 6:30pm. Andrea Morosin interviews CMHA-WECB's Pat Thomas and HDGH's Tammy Kotyk about the Transitional Stability Centre and Coordinated Access.
www.youtube.com/embed/ARfhENr0GVs
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club's CSG STEPS UP FOR CMHA. ...

VIDEO presented by Cypher Systems Group: Committed to offering support within the community for more than 30 years, Cypher Systems Group has once again stepped up for Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor as part of our MVP Program.

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Happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate in our community. Wishing you all happiness and prosperity! ...

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1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Mental and physical health care must be funded equally in Canada's public healthcare system. #PsychologyMonth #CMHA100 ...

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Check out tonight's Plugged IN on YourTV Cable 11 (700 HD) at 5:00pm and 6:30pm. Andrea Morosin interviews CMHA-WECB's Pat Thomas and HDGH's Tammy Kotyk about the Transitional Stability Centre and Coordinated Access.
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One in five youth struggle with mental health issues. Thursday night, we are encouraging conversation about mental health with the @cmhawecb #TalkToday game presented by Teachers Life. #youarenotalone #yqg
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