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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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Join us on May 1st as we welcome Sue Klebold as the keynote speaker for our inaugural Breakfast of Champions event.
We will also present the Carol Mueller Mental Health Champion Award.

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A unique off-road 5K route that takes you through Viewpointe’s beautiful North vineyard...and there’s wine at the finish line!
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10,000 Ontarians agree - mental health & addictions care should be a priority for all candidates in the upcoming provincial election. Add your voice at www.erasethedifference.ca ...

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor
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Full day recovery and growth workshop for all helping professionals, clinicians & caregivers. Sequel to suicide first aid training.

Register today!
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Join us for Breakfast of Champions, presented by Cypher Systems Group.

CBC's Tony Doucette with Sue Klebold
Carol Mueller Mental Health Champion Award
Youth Mental Health Panel

windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/breakfast-of-champions/
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A unique off-road 5K route that takes you through Viewpointe’s beautiful North vineyard...and there’s wine at the finish line!
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Without an increase to base funding from @ONTHealth @CMHAWECB will be forced to reduce programs. This means more people will fall through the cracks. It's time to #erasethedifference. Sign the petition to show your support. www.erasethedifference.ca ...

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Join us for Breakfast of Champions.

Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School--a tragedy that saddened and galvanized a nation. She has spent the last 15 years excavating every detail of her family life, and trying to understand the crucial intersection between mental health problems and violence. Instead of becoming
paralyzed by her grief and remorse, she has become a passionate and effective agent working tirelessly to advance mental health awareness and intervention.

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Fun fact: this quote is hanging in our graphics office. It could not be more true!
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A unique off-road 5K route that takes you through Viewpointe’s beautiful North vineyard...and there’s wine at the finish line!
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It's National Volunteer Week! CMHA volunteers play a crucial role in our organization and our community. Thank you to all who volunteer their time and energy to support our community!
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What an amazing day at #GECDSBSTRIVE! Wonderful hearing student voice and seeing students take charge of their exceptionality! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Busy day ahead visiting some of our key partners to say thanks for being such good friends & sharing our new brand swag as well. Today visiting @HospiceWindsor @CMHAWECB @UnitedWayWE...wonderful teams & partners with @HDGHWindsor in service to our community #changinglivestogether Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Our #erasethedifference petition has received 10,000 signatures! Make sure you sign to ensure #mentalhealth and #addictions care is on the ballot. erasethedifference.ca

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Community safety includes child welfare. Cross-sector collaboration, data-sharing & analytics can keep our kids safer. Huge progress in #YQG via #SituationTable. #CSWBAnalytics @WindsorEssexCAS @CMHAWECB twitter.com/SuptBrendanDod… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Young people can keep these thoughts in mind to develop a more positive body image: bit.ly/2qVpy7h Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

"You are the only person who has ever had, and ever will have, your exact experiences." #MentalHealthMatters #Mentalillnessawareness #CMHA100 themighty.com/2018/04/what-i… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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