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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.

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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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NEW SafeTALK training open to community for anyone 15 years and older!
October 4th - doors open at 5pm for a light meal & training to start at 5:30pm
RESERVE your spot today!

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Held each fall, the Tree of Life campaign provides Shoppers Drug Mart customers with the opportunity to purchase and personalize a “Tree of Life” icon, including a “leaf” for a loonie, a “butterfly” for $5 or a “cardinal” for $50. The icons are prominently displayed on the Tree of Life in all participating stores and one hundred per cent of proceeds are donated to local women’s health organizations.

The Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1675 Wyandotte St. W. has selected CMHA-WECB’s Bereavement Program as the recipient of funds from their Tree of Life campaign which runs from September 10th through October 7th.
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Join us for our 46th Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Justice Lloyd Dean

Award Presentations:
• Community Partner Award
• 2017 Volunteer of the Year: Bereaved Parents of Older Children Support Group

Light Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Meliha Ferhatovic by Sept. 22, 2017
510-255-9940 x 209
mferhatovic@cmha-wecb.on.ca
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Annual General Meeting

September 27, 2017, 5:00pm - September 27, 2017, 6:30pm

Join us for our 46th Annual General Meeting Guest Speaker: Justice Lloyd Dean Award Presentations: • Community Partner Award • 2017 Volunteer of the Year: Bereaved Parents of Older Children Support Group Light Refreshments will be served. RSVP: Meliha Ferhatovic by Sept. 22, 2017 510-255-9940 x 209 mferhatovic@cmha-wecb.on.ca

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Suicide happens in our community. Watch the #AliveCanada video at youtu.be/C4cYvhDjANI to hear first-hand accounts of how suicide and self-harm have affected lives in Windsor & Essex County.
#YouAreNotAlone #SuicidePrevention2017
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Cainerfest today 2pm-2am ...

Cainerfest features live music, raffles, vendors, and a 50/50 draw. Go to Average Joe’s Sports Bar today between 2pm-2am to support theCanadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

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👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Amazing performance of song & dance tonight @capitoltheatrewindsor Cabaret for a cause ! Heartfelt thank you to Toni Bruner & the cast . #suicideprevention2017 #youarenotalone #suicidepreventionweek #localsupportinglocal ...

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Come out tonight and support the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor. Tickets are by donation (minimum $10) and can be purchased in advance or at the door. ...

Cabaret for a Cause

September 15, 2017, 7:30pm

Join us for a special concert event full of song and dance for a great cause. Proceeds will benefit Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor. Tickets are available for purchase through our cast or by leaving a comment here - all tickets are by donation only but we highly suggest a $10 minimum donation for your ticket. Even if you can not attend, any donations to this amazing group are appreciated! Show details: Friday, September 15, 2017 The Kelly Theatre inside The Capitol Theatre Doors: 7:30PM Showtime: 8:00PM Tickets by donation ($10 minimum donation suggested) Sponsored by: Mix 96.7, First Stop Services and Artsy Lens Photography PLEASE NOTE: some songs feature adult language and situations.

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Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Canada across all age groups. 230,000 Ontarians over the age of 18 reported having contemplated suicide in the past. Get involved in conversations around suicide prevention, see what’s happening in our community windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/suicide-prevention/awareness-week/
#YouAreNotAlone #SuicidePrevention2017
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It's #FeelGoodFriday and colouring is a great activity to calm kids and adults alike! What is your favourite thing to draw? #mentalhealth Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Schools need the help and support that allows them to put #mentalhealth at the heart of what they do. theguardian.com/commentisfree/… #school Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today is #WorldAlzheimersDay . Support your local #Alzheimers organization today to help find a cure. #RockHarbour #YQG #Community Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Starting over may be difficult to do, but it is possible, and you are capable of doing whatever you choose. #mentalhealth #mindful Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Caregiver #mentalhealth is equally important on #WorldAlzheimersDay. We need to continue to improve policies, programs to provide support. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

#mentalhealthforall please join us on Sept.27th at 5pm for our 46th Annual General Meeting.

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When dealing with a mental health problem it is important to find what therapy works best for YOU! 😉#WednesdayWisdom @thoughtdock

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Join us for our 46th Annual General Meeting Guest Speaker: Justice Lloyd Dean RSVP: Meliha Ferhatovic 510-255-9940 x 209

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Local fundraiser to support @CMHAWECB suicide prevention programs surpasses its goal l via @tmedeiros800 @baconAM800 iheartradio.ca/am800/news/vid… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Check out this smartphone parental control app. Interesting approach. ow.ly/YAxj30f9lH5 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Beautiful day to install free bike bells w/ Windsor Bicycling Cmte at the @TheWECHU #BikeSafety booth! Come to #OSWindsor #DingDing #YQG Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

From @people: NFL's Brandon Marshall on borderline personality disorder and removing the stigma of mental illness people.com/human-interest… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Cainerfest in full swing @ Average Joes on Lauzon Rd. $6,000 already raised for @CMHAWECB suicide prevention to honour Jordan Cainer. #cklw Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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