Take A Stand For Mental Health

Join the Sole Focus Project and take a stand for mental health! Under the Sole Focus Project umbrella, CMHA-WECB provides mental health promotion, education and training; as well as fund development for services not supported by the government, including bereavement counselling for children, youth and adults.

As we seek to lessen the impact of mental illness on our community, a new focus will highlight the importance of mental health in the workplace, through our “On the Frontlines” initiative.

Our Campaign Goal

Thank you Windsor and Essex County for showing your sole and raising over $1.5 million for mental health awareness, education and training! Your support for mental health and wellness has been incredible!

We have indeed moved the needle on stigma, mental health awareness and access to services since the launch of the Sole Focus Project in 2017, but we know there is still work to be done.

Key areas of focus over the next several years will include men’s and workplace mental health. Mental illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $51 billion each year in lost time, benefits, and reduced quality of life. CMHA-WECB wants to help create healthier employees and healthier workplaces. Find out more here. (link to On the Frontlines page) Additionally, we know that much stigma still exists around men’s mental health. Men are less likely to recognize, talk about and seek treatment for mental health issues. Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death for men in Canada with 4 of every 5 suicides being male, with men aged 45 – 59 years at the greatest risk.

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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. CMHA-WECB, through our "On the Frontlines" initiative, seeks to move the needle and help to develop healthier employees and workplaces.

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.
At CMHA-WECB, community well-being is our sole focus.

The Sole Focus Project has become the catalyst for engaging the community and creating awareness of the importance of mental health for everyone. The Sole Focus Project is dedicated to supporting preventative education across the community.

Gifts to the Sole Focus Project will help to fund education and training to targeted groups, including emerging adults, veterans, newcomers, agricultural workers, LGBTQIA+ and workplaces.

Specifically, gifts to the Sole Focus Project enable:
  • Sustainability of programs only partially or not at all funded by the government, including mental health promotion, education, training and bereavement services
  • Suicide prevention as we work toward a Suicide Safer Community
  • Workplace wellness through On the Frontlines
  • Mental health promotion via community outreach and awareness campaigns
  • With the establishment of an endowment fund in 2017 with the WindsorEssex Community Foundation, CMHA-WECB is committed to building a sustainable source of ongoing revenue to support unfunded programs
What does having community well-being as our sole focus mean for Windsor-Essex?
  • Over 800 requests for mental health promotion and training since 2017
  • Over 100 health fairs attended
  • 21 ASIST workshops resulting in 741 new suicide first aid caregivers
  • 34 safeTalk workshops resulting in 614 new suicide alert helpers
  • 6 Suicide to Hope workshops resulting in 81 individuals trained in recovery and growth
  • 550 workplaces and 5,000 employees receiving mental health education and training
  • Over 9,600 youth receiving mental health education Ultimately it means people living more full lives.
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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Check out Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association latest podcast with one of our mental health educators! 👇🏽 #keepconnectedBANA's latest Podcast is here!!!

Episode #7: Mental Health Challenges during COVID-19

BANA Health Educator, Stephani Fenkanyn sits down with mental health educator from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Windsor-Essex Branch, Jenny-Lee Almeida.

Together, they discuss the challenges that COVDID-19 isolation places on our mental health, accessing services in Windsor during COVID-19, mental health month & reducing stigma associated with mental illness, the benefits of slowing down and being mindful, how no loss right now is too little and the importance of grieving.

Listen directly at: anchor.fm/banabeyourself/episodes/Episode-7-Mental-Health-Challenges-during-COVID-19-eehjlm

You can learn more about local CMHA services at windsoressex.cmha.ca/
and listen to their new podcast #KeepConnected on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/cmhawecb.

You can also check out our previous podcasts:

Episode #1: Featuring Sara Santarossa, Ph.D.
Topic: Media for Moms and Daughters

Episode #2: Featuring Dianne Bondy, Yoga Instructor
Topic: Learning to love your body

Episode #3: Featuring Marisa Casey, Health Educator
Topic: Promoting Positive Body Image in our community

Episode #4: Featuring Chris Rwabukamba. Former CFL Player and co-creator of Change the Game
Topic: Male Athletes, Masculinity & Role Modelling

Episode #5: Featuring Christine Hamel-Fuerth, physical education teacher, guidance counsellor, coach and mother.
Topic: Supporting girls through healthy active living

Episode #6: Featuring Mackenzie Kovaliv, community disability and mental health worker, pole dancing teacher and Veg Out business owner.
Topic: Being a Positive Influencer for Today’s Youth

To listen visit www.bana.ca/podcast or anchor.fm/banabeyourself or one your favourite channels in our post graphic.

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Another great #KeepConnected podcast just got posted! This episode features CMHA-WECB Bereavement Educator, Sonia, speaking with #MentalHealth Educators, Jenny-Lee and Ewelina about grief and loss. youtu.be/YmXRB05nYMQ MediaWorks Studios
Sonia is also hosting webinars this week on Parenting Through Grief (May 28) and Adult Bereavement (May 26). Registration is free via our website: www.windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/

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Happening today at 2pm👇🏽 still time to register!TODAY AT 2PM! #WEBINAR: Maintaining Your #Business & Mental Wellness During #COVID19

We partnered with Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor to provide a webinar for #smallbusiness owners to address the impact these circumstances may have on your work & well-being


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#RideDontHide directly funds CMHA programs and services that are in higher demand than ever before. Donate today to connect people in Windsor-Essex to the #mentalhealth supports they need and deserve. #NoOneRidesAlone #KeepConnected #ShowYourSole www.ridedonthide.com/windsor ...

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Thank you to our Frontline Ambassador Sandra Owner of The Magic Closet Theme Parties for partnering with CMHA to offer a Princess story time. Limited spots available so book yours today. ...

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1 week today The Garage Gym is hosting their 5k run for CMHA. $ 20 registration, make up your own 5K loop and register today to win some great prizes. ...

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Join us Sunday May 31st for The Garage Gym's Virtual 5K for the Frontlines benefitting the Sole Focus Project of Canadian Mental Health Association.

TIME: Anytime between 6:00am and 11:00pm

REGISTRATION: $20 (100% goes directly to CMHA)

After you registered you will be entered into a draw to win one of our awesome prizes!

Register here:


WHERE: Anywhere you want, just map out a 5k loop in your neighbourhood.

WHO: Anyone who wants to get out and make fitness a priority while still respecting social distancing and supporting our Frontline Workers!

HOW: Run…Walk…Jog…Just get it done. Remember this virtual 5K is NOT a group run!

Once you have completed your 5K, post a picture of yourself to The Garage Gym Facebook page and or Instagram and tag @thegaragegym_ and @cmhawecb for an extra ballot to win one of the prizes!

If you have anyone that would like to make a donation on your behalf, please use this link below.


Thank you for your support and we look forward to making this a FUN success!!

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Eid Mubarak to all those who celebrate in our community! ...

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Help is only a phone call away. Call Windsor-Essex Counselling Support Line if you are in need 24/7. #trulylocal ...

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Have you joined The Garage Gym's Virtual 5K for the Front Lines yet? There's still time! Sign up today! Visit www.windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/ to find your gym's registration and donation pages. #KeepConnected
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We've got some great content on our YouTube channel, like this week's #KeepConnected podcast episode MediaWorks Studios featuring CMHA-WECB Mental Health Educators Jenny-Lee and Ewelina with Pandemic Response Therapist Dana. Check it out: www.youtube.com/channel/UCH0BBoP_RdjD3nYx3NaXkzg/ ...

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Happy Friday! Enjoy this relaxing music from a local band Transeo. #keepconnected


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#RideDontHide, like many things right now, looks a little different for this year. We're taking the event virtual with the ability to do the ride your way! Also new this year, is not one, but TWO Ride Champions. Meet our Ride Inside Champion, Julia Pierascenzi-Zeising on the Rider Profile page of www.ridedonthide.com/windsor #NoOneRidesAlone #KeepConnected ...

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Thank you to Sole Focus Project Ambassador Ashley Spina for making and donating some masks and raising funds for our #COVID19 Emergency Fund! Our ambassadors rock! #showyoursole #keepconnected ...

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Great strategy to practice mindfulness 👇🏽If you struggle to focus on your breath, or you are looking to practice mindfulness through breathing with a child, a fun activity could be creating a snow globe, or a “glitter jar”.

Find a mason jar, fill with water and add glitter. Start by looking through the jar while the glitter is at the bottom. What do you see, is it clear? Is the water still? After a few deep breaths here, shake the jar as the glitter swirls around the jar. Now as the glitter swirls around, begin to breathe. Slow, deep breaths until the glitter settles back to the bottom of the jar.

If you are using this activity with a child, you are able to adjust the teachings of mindfulness in an age appropriate way. For more mindfulness activities click here: bit.ly/2WAwO5V

#mindfulness #CMHA #glitterjar #activities #breathing #hereforyou #mentalhealth #tips

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Friend of CMHA-WECB and Sole Focus Project Ambassador Jeff Burrows is at it again! Join him and many other local musicians for the Jeff Burrows The 1/2 Drum Marathon on June 6th! #KeepConnected

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Have you bought a bike 🚲 this spring? This story via ⁦@globeandmail⁩ focuses on big cities. What about #YQG? If you’re itching to ride consider signing up for #ridedonthide to support #mentalhealth . @CMHAWECB@CMHA_NTLtheglobeandmail.com/canada/british… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

@GavinBooth @SarahFilmBooth Yes - money from both events goes directly to @CMHAWECB and stays local :) And there’s my Ride Don’t Hide as well. A donation includes a video shout out too! 😂 cmha.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuse… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

TODAY AT 2PM! #WEBINAR: Maintaining Your #Business & Mental Wellness During #COVID19 We partnered with @CMHAWECB to provide a webinar for #smallbusiness owners to address the impact these circumstances may have on your work & well-being bit.ly/35Xa0lo Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Happening today👇🏽#collaboration #yqg #MentalHealthDuringQuarantine twitter.com/cmoldmakers/st…

#keepconnected visit our events page to sign up for a mental wellness webinar! windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/ #mentalhealth  #compassion #YQG twitter.com/jennyleealmeid…

#RideDontHide directly funds CMHA programs and services that are in higher demand than ever before. Donate today to connect people in Windsor-Essex to the #mentalhealth supports they need and deserve. #NoOneRidesAlone #KeepConnected #ShowYourSole ridedonthide.com/windsor

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Wishing all who celebrate a very happy Eid!

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Who’s ready to hear Jonny of the @TheStandstills?! Saturday 8PM #Yunity #FrontPorchParty on our #YouTube channel: youtu.be/6ertaoApNyo Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

.@TheStandstills lead guitarist and singer Jonny Fox will be the fourth act to hit the virtual stage for the @blueswindsor @liuna625 Front Porch Party Saturday night. @CMHAWECB #COVID-19 iheartradio.ca/am800/news/1.1… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

In addition to being part of a National event in support of #mentalhealth, you can also WIN some great prizes by participating in #ridedonthide @CMHAWECB ☀️🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️ Click here for more information tinyurl.com/y9d8yqat Ride with us on June 28 - VIRTUALLY! #cycling #yqg Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

@GailNow @stevenpage @CBC @tompowercbc @stratfest That was a great event - we appreciate you @stevenpage for sharing your music and your story. @stevenpagefans

Ride Don’t Hide is free to sign up - we need more people to ride, walk, medidate... and join us to help end the stigma of mental illness. #YQG Will you join us on June 28? cmha.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuse… twitter.com/EllenOnWindsor…

We appreciate this collaboration for #OnTheFrontlines twitter.com/SabrinaDeMarco…

Thanks @CMoldmakers and @AutomateCanada for helping share this info - so important to let people know the options. twitter.com/cmoldmakers/st…

The #mentalhealth & Urgent Care Centre is located @CMHAWECB 1400 Windsor Ave. Open Monday-Friday. We are here for you! #hdgh #addictions #yqg Experts concerned substance users might be avoiding care due to COVID-19 pandemic - goo.gl/alerts/CzrDg #GoogleAlerts Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Catch Jonny Fox of @TheStandstills streaming online Saturday night! It's part of LiUNA's #BluesfestWindsor 's #YUNITY Front Porch Party Concert Series, May 23 at 8pm @blueswindsor #YQG youtube.com/user/BluesFest… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join #YD (virtually) on May 31 to support #frontline workers with the Healthy Solutions/Garage Gym 5K benefiting @CMHAWECB Sole Focus Project 💪🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️💪 100% of proceeds support CMHA Windsor and local Front Line workers. #YQG #YD windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/healthy… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join @SBCWindsorEssex on Monday, May 25 at 2PM for a free #webinar, in partnership with @cmhawecb, to address the impact these circumstances may have on your work and well-being. Visit windsoressexsmallbusiness.com to register. #downtownwindsor #COVID19 #MentalHealth #YQGStandsStrong Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Spot the First Responders Billboards in Windsor area ~ email ariccio-spagnuolo@cmha-wecb.on.ca with your name & billboard location for a chance to win a prize! Go to wehelpfirst.ca to find info for First Responders & their families. @CMHAWECB @FSEAP_Canada Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

#RideDontHide looks a bit different this year. We're taking the event virtual with the ability to do the ride your way! We also have TWO Ride Champions. Meet Ride Inside Champion, Julia on the Rider Profile page of ridedonthide.com/windsor #NoOneRidesAlone #KeepConnected

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