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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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2 hours ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

A huge thank you to Carolyn from our griefworks program who held a family remembering event for children & youth who are grieving the loss of a loved one & their caregivers. #childrensgriefawarenessday #CGADHOPE ...

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1 day ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Today is #childrensgriefawarenessday
A huge thank you to our donors, volunteers and our amazing staff in the bereavement & griefworks programs in #yqg designed to help grieving children & teens receive the support they need.
The most basic way to participate today is to wear blue or to share these social media posts to show awareness of grieving children. #childrensgriefawareness
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2 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Are you a parent who's lived with a mental illness?

HDGH along with partners Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Society and Windsor-Essex County HEALTH UNIT, are asking parents and youth to provide valuable insight into the world of parenting with a mental illness and having a parent with a mental illness.

We need your help to co-design strategies and programs for these children - the first of its kind in Windsor-Essex!

Each participant will receive $50.

Learn more: www.hdgh.org/en/designlab
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Tomorrow is Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Please wear blue to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child.
One way to support children (and adults) who are grieving is to allow them to cry when they need to. Here are some alternatives that can help you meet people where they are. @childrensgriefawarenessday #childrensgriefawareness
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2 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Two more days until Children’s Grief Awareness Day! Keep in mind that listening to stories and memories about the person who died is a great way to support grieving kids and teens. ...

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Join us for this fun volunteer appreciation charity night at Breakaway Gaming Centre!
To register, contact Anita at ariccio-spagnuolo@cmha-wecb.on.ca
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3 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

What a pleasure it was to photograph a rocking evening dedicated to raising awareness and removing the stigmas attached to mental health. Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor - Rock Your Sole: The Reunion did just that by raising over $100K!

Photos courtesy of Zishan Ali
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Sending out a big thank you to everyone who supported Rock Your Sole: The Reunion! We're proud to announce that the event was a great success and all funds raised will support the Sole Focus Project in Windsor-Essex County! ...

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5 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

There is no health without mental health. Big thank you to our amazing Rock Your Sole committee who yet again brought us an amazing fun-filled night in support of the Sole Focus Project. Thank you to all of our sponsors, volunteers and all who came out to support this amazing event that raised 100000.00 in support of mental health programs that stays local in #yqg #solefocusproject #showyoursole #mentalhealthRock Your Sole: The Reunion was a fun-filled night of great food, great music and great company. The party took place at The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association (aka The Hangar) with the Live music by Jody Raffoul; food by Koolini Italian Eatery, Sweet Revenge Bake Shop, Guarda Luna, Antonino's, Naples Pizza and Vanessa's Bakery & Deli. There was also awesome swag and incredible raffle prizes. Attendees showed their soles in support of Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor's Sole Focus Project campaign. Visit www.cmha-wecb.on.ca for more information. - Photos by Mike Kovaliv Photography ...

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Today we remember the sacrifices of men and women who gave their lives for Canada. Lest we forget. #RemembranceDay ...

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Big shout out to our #cmhawecb staff who came out to #rockyoursole for #mentalhealth ...

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Tomorrow is the big day: Rock Your Sole The Reunion! A few important reminders:

- Doors are at 7pm for general admission tickets
- Jody Raffoul will be playing his first set at 9pm
- Program remarks and the Rolex draw are at 10pm

We can’t wait to rock with you tomorrow night 🤟🏻🎸
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This silent auction item provided by Caesars Windsor rocks! The autographed guitar by Toto and the leather jacket are worth a total value of $700 and they could be all yours! ...

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1 week ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

Introducing... another wonderful #Local collaboration for Rock Your Sole featuring, our ever-so popular, Lemongrass and Lavender soap. We were honoured to have had the chance to work with Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor on this project and grateful the guests will be leaving with #OceanBottomSoap.
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

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Join us for this fun volunteer appreciation charity night at Breakaway Gaming Centre!
To register, contact Anita at ariccio-spagnuolo@cmha-wecb.on.ca
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Are you a parent who's lived w/ a mental illness? HDGH, @WindsorEssexCAS & @TheWECHU need your insight into the world of parenting w/ a mental illness & children having a parent w/ a mental illness to co-design strategies & programs for these children. hdgh.org/en/designlab Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Well written article that asks why preventable deaths aren’t being prevented. twitter.com/thewindsorstar… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

This week is National Addictions Awareness Week. Looking for help? Find #MentalHealth and Addiction services near you: #NAAWCanada ontario.ca/cxs1 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Happy #WorldKindnessDay! By being kind to others, we're actually being kind to ourselves, too. Do a random active kindness today for others AND for your #MentalHealth. mentalhealthamerica.net/blog/21-ways-b… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Great #PTSEleven panel discussion today on developments in player safety and wellness. @CamilleQu spoke about how our #TalkToday program is supporting the #mentalhealth of youth athletes across Canada. Thank you @PrimeTimeSE for having us! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Sending out a big thank you to everyone who supported Rock Your Sole: The Reunion! We're proud to announce that the event was a great success and all funds raised will support the Sole Focus Project in Windsor-Essex County! #yqg #showyoursole

Today we remember the sacrifices of men and women who gave their lives for Canada. Lest we forget. #RemembranceDay

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Tomorrow is the big day: Rock Your Sole The Reunion! A few important reminders: - Doors are at 7pm for general admission tickets - Jody Raffoul will be playing his 1st set at 9pm - Program remarks & the Rolex draw are at 10pm We can’t wait to rock with you tomorrow night 🤟🏻🎸

test Twitter Media - Tomorrow is the big day: Rock Your Sole The Reunion! A few important reminders:

- Doors are at 7pm for general admission tickets
- Jody Raffoul will be playing his 1st set at 9pm
- Program remarks & the Rolex draw are at 10pm

We can’t wait to rock with you tomorrow night 🤟🏻🎸 https://t.co/nBlj5PQswb

Tomorrow night Rock Your Sole: The Reunion takes place and The River's very own Gnyp is your emcee! Support the Canadian Mental Health Association @CMHAWECB and The Sole Focus Project and get ready to rock in support of mental health! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

About The Rock Your Sole MC: Greg Gnyp grew up in South Windsor & went to @UWindsor. He's spent 27 years doing radio in Windsor on 93.9 The River & 89X. He loves being involved with the CMHA & considers it an honour to help & tell his story. #yqg #ShowYourSole

test Twitter Media - About The Rock Your Sole MC: Greg Gnyp grew up in South Windsor & went to @UWindsor. He's spent 27 years doing radio in Windsor on 93.9 The River & 89X. He loves being involved with the CMHA & considers it an honour to help & tell his story. #yqg #ShowYourSole https://t.co/7W6QdOLlfi

This silent auction item provided by @CaesarsWindsor rocks! The autographed guitar by Toto and the leather jacket are worth a total value of $700 and they could be all yours! #yqg #rockyoursole

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Are you impacted by the government changes to the Controlled Act of #Psychotherapy? We’re hosting a webinar with @kidsmentalhlth and @AMHOnt on Dec. 5 that can help! Led by #CRPO’s Deborah Adams. Learn more & register: buff.ly/2F6LeFA Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We're ready to rock! Sponsor boxes are going out and we can't wait for Rock Your Sole: The Reunion this Saturday! #RockYourSole #yqg

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Have you heard? You could win an incredible all-inclusive trip for two to Punta Cana as part of our blind auction at the event. The winner will be drawn later that night! #yqg #ShowYourSole

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