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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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ProsperUs is looking to recruit 20 youth for the Youth Community Action Network (Y-CAN). ProsperUs is looking for youth ages 13 to 25 who live or go to school in West Windsor, Downtown Windsor or Leamington. These youth will co-design solutions to help more kids succeed in school and solve neighbourhood issues. Youth can apply at www.weunlockpotential.com/YouthCAN by Sunday, Feb. 26. ...

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There is limited research on how stigma affects mental health within the Black community and affects access to services, especially when living with experiences of racism, sexism, and ageism. Learn more about this issue: windsoressex.cmha.ca/black-history-month/ ...

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Spend time with your family and watch the Windsor Express PRO Basketball Team on Monday, February 17th!
Thanks to the Windsor Unions and Community Leaders, Solidarity Night is FREE on Family Day!
Get your FREE tickets online using the promo code: FAMILY DAY at bit.ly/2UtG24M OR
Visit the WFCU Centre Box Office in-person on the following dates and times:
Feb. 8th from 11am-5pm
Feb. 11th from 4pm-8pm
Feb. 13th from 4pm-8pm
Feb. 15th from 11am-5pm
Tickets are also available online at the WFCU Centre Box.
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🙌🏽 Windsor Corporate Challenge is proud to support Windsor’s first Youth Wellness Hub. This Youth Wellness Hub will provide health care and social services under one roof to make it easier for young people with mental illnesses and addictions to find help and support.We hope you love this year’s charity initiative as much as we do! Windsor Corporate Challenge is proud to support Windsor’s first Youth Wellness Hub. This Youth Wellness Hub will provide health care and social services under one roof to make it easier for young people with mental illnesses and addictions to find help and support. Together with our partners Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor, we strive to reach young people earlier to help with issues before they become bigger and impact relationships, school, work or other aspects of their lives. ...

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💗💗💗💗If you work as a mental health worker, today is your day! Come in and choose a free all-natural, locally made soap, today only. 🛁

Fri, Feb 14th, 9am-8pm.

Visit ShopEco Walkerville at 1645 Wyandotte St E, or ShopEco Tecumseh at 1141 Lesperance Rd
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Spend time with your family and watch the Windsor Express PRO Basketball Team on Monday, February 17th!
Thanks to the Windsor Unions and Community Leaders, Solidarity Night is FREE on Family Day!
Get your FREE tickets online using the promo code: FAMILY DAY at bit.ly/2UtG24M OR
Visit the WFCU Centre Box Office in-person on the following dates and times:
Feb. 8th from 11am-5pm
Feb. 11th from 4pm-8pm
Feb. 13th from 4pm-8pm
Feb. 15th from 11am-5pm
Tickets are also available online at the WFCU Centre Box.
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Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the Ontario Hockey League have teamed up for a 50/50 raffle in support of mental health! Visit www.talktoday5050.com for more info. ...

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Can't make it to a #TalkToday game in your community? Support the program by purchasing a ticket to the OHL Talk Today 50/50! All proceeds go to mental health awareness and suicide prevention training for athletes in Ontario. talktoday5050.com

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