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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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News & Events

Nov
07
“Show Your Sole” with socks for mental health in Windsor-Essex
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Nov
01
Rock Your Sole Raises Record Amount for Mental Health
WINDSOR, ON / October 27, 2017: [Windsor, ON] – $120,000...
Aug
09
Sinead O’Connor “receiving the best of care”
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FSWE does the Sally Up Squat Challenge for CMHA and the Sole Focus project. Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health as well. Take a stand (or squat) for mental health! #rockthesocks #solefocusproject #mentalhealth #cmha Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

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Small steps, big impact! Today we're celebrating all the pledges made for positive change in healthcare during the Change Day Ontario campaign. Check out the story below for more info.
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Can you spot our Windsor Spitfires players among the students?! We spent this morning talking about mental health at AV Graham public school in #yqg
#TalkToday program #youthmentalhealth Gecdsb Greater Essex Co. District School Board
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Please join us for a fun shopping event where 15% of all eligible sales will go toward CMHA-WECB!

Download or print the image found on our website and present it at the cashier with your purchase.
windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/indigo-fundraiser-program/

Please note: In order to ensure the most successful and profitable event, there will be no promotions or sales in effect.
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Indigo Fundraiser Program

December 5, 2017, 6:00pm - December 5, 2017, 8:00pm

Please join us for a fun shopping event where 15% of all eligible sales will go toward CMHA-WECB! Download or print the image found on our website and present it at the cashier with your purchase. windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/indigo-fundraiser-program/ Please note: In order to ensure the most successful and profitable event, there will be no promotions or sales in effect.

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We were thrilled to present Mike Tehan, Branch Manager at RBC with a token of thanks this morning for RBC's platinum support of Ride Don't Hide earlier this year.
#RideDontHide Reclaimed & Twisted
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4th Annual youth mental health summit a success ! Collaborating with community partners at it’s best! #youthmentalhealth Gecdsb Greater Essex Co. District School Board ...

Approximately 300 high school students from the Greater Essex County District School Board participated in a half day of workshops and keynote speakers on topics relating to youth mental health. The event which took place at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor Inc. was hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor and also included break-out sessions in yoga, creative writing, social media and much more! Visit www.cmha-wecb.on.ca for more information. Photos by Simon Wyn Edwards Photography

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It's National Addictions Awareness Week. Your choice of words around substance use can help or hinder recovery.
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Healing the creative soul; Free classes.
Tap in your creative self through thematic, timed exercises and other approaches of expressive writing.
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Creative Writing & Drama Workshop Free

November 9, 2017, 10:00am - December 7, 2017, 6:30pm

Healing the creative soul; Free classes. Tap in your creative self through thematic, timed exercises and other approaches of expressive writing.

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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor shared Windsor-Essex Pride Fest's event. ...

Healing The Creative Soul Workshop (Essex)

November 9, 2017, 4:30pm - November 9, 2017, 6:30pm

HEALING THE CREATIVE SOUL (ESSEX) FREE CREATIVE WRITING & DRAMA WORKSHOPS Five Week workshop Beginning Thursday, November 9 RSVP at www.wepridefest.com Tap in your creative self through thematic, timed exercises and other approaches of expressive writing! Windsor-Essex Pride Fest QConnect Program in partnership with the Arts & Cultural Alliance, Healing the Creative Soul workshops are designed to help participants better cope with everyday stress and anxiety using expressive drama and writing. Each session will contain both writing and drama elements. Workshops include topics such as belonging, coming out, relationships, and expectations. Workshops are lead by Linda Lord. Thursday, November 9, 2017 Week One: Creating Community - Who am I and what do I mean to the world? Check in and setting intentions for the six week program Mirror/Image writing exercise Closing exercise Thursday, November 16, 2017 Week Two: Coming Out Check in and updates Working with masks, what is hidden, what is shared Closing reflection Thursday, November 23, 2017 Week Three: Values and Needs Check in and updates Identifying who and matters most Making life choices to honour who I am and what I need Closing writing exercise Thursday, November 30, 2017 Week Four: Relationships Check in and updates The various roles (archetypes) we play (writing) Working on and honouring relationships with family and friends (drama) Closing reflection Thursday, December 7, 2017 Week Five: Be the hero(ine) of your life story Check in and updates Explore the hero's journey (Campbell) Embody the journey Closing exercise The event/initiative is part fo the QConnect Program of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Free community forum on Mental Health & Youth.
Two presentations from CMHAWECB & Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association
Information Tables with numerous resources.
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Mental Health & Youth Free Community Forum

November 17, 2017, 6:00pm - November 17, 2017, 8:00pm

Free community forum on Mental Health & Youth. Two presentations from CMHAWECB & Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association Information Tables with numerous resources.

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Check out the great photos by Steve Pomerleau Photography from the incredible Rock Your Sole event! #ShowYourSole
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor updated their cover photo. ...

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We asked: What if one small change could make a big difference to improve compassionate quality care? You answered. #ChangeDayON youtube.com/watch?v=Pzz987… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We’re celebrating @ChangeDayON by sharing the success of #EQIPON over the past year! ow.ly/rbHp30gE3yn Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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We use the words "substance use" instead of "substance abuse" to avoid contributing to negative judgments. #WordsMatter #NAAWCanada #MH4A bit.ly/2zBQH3h Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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6 million Canadians will meet the criteria for substance use disorder in their lifetime. #WordsMatter #NAAWCanada #MH4A Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Jenny Lee, Luke & Mike taking time to share information about mental health @AVG_Griffins. Thank you @CMHAWECB @SpitsHockey #talktoday 👍😊🏒 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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