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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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This is your daily reminder to take care of yourself so you can take care of everything else you want to take care of!! #selfpreservation #mentalhealth #takecareofyourself #takeabreak ...

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TBT to when Do Good Divas helped purchase a minivan from Windsor Chrysler last year, and donated it to CMHA-WECB!

We are very grateful to this day, for the amazing group of ladies who were able to provide us with a safe and reliable vehicle to use.

In the past 12 years, "A Girls Night in Handbag Heaven" event has raised more than $550,000 to support several organizations in Windsor-Essex.

This year, Do Good Diva's will be going VIRTUAL on October 29 for their event. Make sure to check it out and help support Windsor Regional Hospital Critical Care Units COVID-19 Fund.

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Great post from @lindsaybraman
👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽Our window of tolerance refers to how much we can handle, emotionally, before shutting down or blowing up. Healthy brains in optimal circumstances have a big arch that helps us stay present to listen, learn, and grow even when difficult stuff is happening. For brains that have experienced trauma, neglect, or some mental illnesses, the learning space grows smaller and we may move into shut-down or overwhelm more quickly.

What I want to remind you today is something you probably already know intuitively: Windows of tolerance shrink during times of high-stress. Even if you had a healthy window of tolerance before 8 months of pandemic, social distancing, and political instability, it's normal to feel tears well up much easier right now or to just want to check out. If your window of tolerance was already a little smaller, you may be noticing even less flexibility.

Rather than forcing yourself to engage when you can't, give yourself permission to ask for what you need in order to stay present (like breaks or tabling a conversation until after a meal/walk/etc). Often, just giving ourselves permission to move between "ok" and "not ok" without judgement can help make just a little more space to be ok. .
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CMHA-WECB is pleased to welcome our newest Sole Focus Project Ambassador, Hiba Hamed, Community Work and Public Health Activist. Thank you for showing your sole Hiba! #ShowYourSole #KeepConnected ...

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Keeping our noses to the grindstone might seem productive but working without breaks can hinder your performance. Check out these healthy break activities by @workplace_MH to help you hit reset. #CHWMonth www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/employee-resources/healthy-break-activities ...

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We are partnering with Windsor Police Services to bring you a virtual event during National Addictions Awareness Week.

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CALLING ALL WOMEN LOOKING TO FOCUS ON THEIR WELLNESS AND BALANCE 💆

Our Wellness for Women event will be presented virtually on Thursday, November 12th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us online and take a break from reality to promote your own mental wellness 😌 Listen to the keynote speaker from Shopify, hear from the Women leaders in the Windsor-Essex community and participate in some fun trivia!

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Hello and Happy Tuesday From CMHA-WECB!

We would like to share a special message from Mr. Percy Hatfield, MPP Windsor-Essex, discussing Community Health and Well-Being Week. As the week is now over, may this message encourage Windsor-Essex community agencies and citizens to continue working towards a healthier community for all.

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The #HealthyWorkplaceAwards2020 Applications are OPEN! You have less than 1 WEEK left to submit your application. We encourage all businesses, workplaces, organizations – small, medium, and large, to apply. See if you are eligible by visiting t.co/0arTPsMgip?amp=1 ...

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Happy Thanksgiving from CMHA! Please note that our office is closed October 12. If you need help or support, please contact 519-973-4435. ...

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CMHA-WECB is seeking donations of homemade masks as well as nitrile gloves. Thank you for your support!
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#TBT - Last year @CMHAWECB was a beneficiary for the @DoGoodDivas fundraising. We are SO grateful for the new van that allows us to serve our clients. Be sure to support them in 2020 - Handbag Heaven at Home, Oct 29. #mentalhealth #yqg #divas #handbags #healthcare #women

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We are fortunate to have amazing partners @CMHAWECB. The Toldo Foundation was chosen as our 2020 Outstanding Community Partner. They do so much for #YQG-including support & advocacy for #mentalhealth. Thank YOU for all you do to make Windsor-Essex a better place! #grateful

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The #HealthyWorkplaceAwards2020 recognizes the commitment of businesses & workplaces to their employees & the #WindsorEssex community during the pandemic. The deadline to apply is October 15th – it’s not too late. Find out how to apply by visiting ow.ly/FmJl50BndRm

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October is #HealthyWorkplaceMonth. @TheWECHU @CMHAWECB @FamServWE & the WTW Committee’s #HealthyWorkplaceAwards2020 recognizes businesses/workplaces for their commitment to employees & the #WindsorEssex community during the pandemic. Learn more here: ow.ly/FmJl50BndRm

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Happy Thanksgiving from CMHA! Please note that our office is closed October 12. If you need help or support, please call 519-973-4435.

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Did you support the #YQG #WindsorEssex community during #COVID19 by producing, donating, or distributing sanitary supplies, PPE, food, etc? You may be eligible for the #OrganizationalSocialResponsibility #HealthyWorkplaceAward. Learn more by visiting ow.ly/FmJl50BndRm

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We are facing many challenges in 2020. To mark #WorldMentalHealthDay, try this personal resiliency tip sheet for ways to support students, while also nurturing and empowering your mental health. smho-smso.ca/wp-content/upl… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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