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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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Early start this morning #yqg #ridedonthide ! We are here & you can still register!! Come out for a bike ride ! #mentalhealthawareness #ridedonthide2018 @ Windsor-Essex Children's Aid… instagram.com/p/BkZ2khrAJ9m/…

This year @viewpointewines Viewpointe’s Vineyard 5K is supporting the CMHA’s, Sole Focus Project which provides important mental health education in our local community. If you have not already registered - Full details at: raceroster.com/events/2018/16…

Be Happy & Run Through The Vineyard at @viewpointewines This Sunday Supporting @CMHAWECB #MentalHealth #YQG June 24 eyesonwindsor.com/event/be-happy… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Congrats on 35yrs @BANAWindsor ! Doing a fantastic job 🙌🏽 #beyourself twitter.com/banawindsor/st…

"There is a huge connection between mental and physical health, and you need both to be truly healthy." #RideDontHide is only THREE days away, and it's a great way to dedicate time to both your physical and #MentalHealth (It's not too late to register!) ridedonthide.com/ambassador-rid… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join us today in celebrations of #NIPDCanada and CMHA’s 100th year as we stand with Indigenous Peoples of Canada to design strategies, create meaningful dialogue, and take actions for our next 100 years. #CMHA100 cmha.ca/news/nipd-open… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join @BBellaciccoCTV at Ride Don’t Hide –a community bike ride hosted by @CMHAWECB with the goal to raise awareness, break the stigma and raise funds to support mental health. It all starts at the Children’s Aid Society parking lot on Riverside Drive this Sunday! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Thank you to @Lakeviewmontessorischool for taking a stand for mental health and donating $300 to the Sole Focus Project! #showyoursole

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•More than 12,500 Ontarians made it clear: it’s time to #erasethedifference. We look forward to sitting down with MPPs to discuss ways to enhance the #mentalhealth & #addictions system. ow.ly/pO5j30kACWP

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Thanks to all who signed and shared the #erasethedifference petition – you made #mentalhealth & #addictions a key election issue! We look forward to working with the new government to improve the system. ow.ly/fztH30kACUN

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Thank you! With your help, we ensured that mental health and addictions funding played a key role in the recent Ontario election. ow.ly/t9QI30kACQD

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New report from @ParticipACTION stresses the importance of exercise and getting outside for managing your child's mental health theglobeandmail.com/life/health-an… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

When we hide, #mentalhealth stays hidden. This Sunday, join a #ridedonthide event in your community and ride in plain sight. Honoured to be a national ambassador this year, to share my story, & #standuptostigma. I encourage you to do the same. #cmha100 buff.ly/2JQRqTV Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

The more we talk about #MentalIllness the more we break down stigmas. Join the conversation and join the ride! Check out Myles' story and learn more about #RideDontHide: ridedonthide.com/ride-series-my… #CMHA100 #MentalHealthMatters #EndStigma #MentalHealth Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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