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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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News & Events

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Less than 2 weeks until the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor Go Green Golf Tournament @ the Essex Golf & Country Club.

We are thrilled to share that we are SOLD OUT!!

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Suicide Prevention Awareness t-shirts and masks are available for purchase and contactless pick-up from the CMHA-WECB main office. #youareNOTalone #SuicidePrevention2020
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Happy #RoshHashanah to all those who celebrate in our community! Wishing you all good health and prosperity! ...

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This CMHA-WECB coffee break brought to you by Tim Hortons Smile Cookies. Nothing feels better than treating yourself to a cookie in support of John McGivney Children's Centre and W.E. Care for Kids. Make sure to buy yours and support Windsor-Essex kids! ...

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Trusted by professionals yet learnable by anyone, LivingWorks Education Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the only workshop of its kind. Updated continually to reflect new knowledge, LivingWorks ASIST has been empowering people to provide skilled, life-saving interventions for over 35 years. Spots still available for October training dates. #youareNOTalone #SuicidePrevention2020
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Our own Dana St. Jean from CMHA-WECB shares her thoughts on how to support youth with grief among fears of returning to school in the The Toronto Star.

“We want to ensure that we’re validating kids’ feelings, (and) there's no right or wrong way to feel about it,”

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CMHA-WECB welcomes our newest Sole Focus Project Ambassador, Nathalie Begin, Gutsy Feeling! You can hear Nathalie talking with our Mental Health Educator's on our Keep Connected podcast. #showyoursole #keepconnected
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Less than 2 weeks until the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor Go Green Golf Tournament @ the Essex Golf & Country Club.

We are thrilled to share that we are SOLD OUT!!

Thank you to our Golf Ball Sponsor Erie Architectural Produc for your support!

Funds raised support the #bereavement program for children.

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In this difficult time, people are struggling with increased stress and anxiety. Suicide prevention skills are needed more than ever. LivingWorks Education "LivingWorks Start" teaches valuable skills to everyone 13 and older and requires no formal training or prior experience in suicide prevention.
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Due to technical issues a very important community event - the Suicide prevention awareness walk is showing that it has been cancelled. This event is not cancelled. We have duplicated the event and the post will be up shortly. We thank you for your patience. ...

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This walk is all about awareness - we ask that you consider signing up to lend your support by even that one act. We are stronger together and if you need info about #SuicidePrevention - please reach out: @kwillism Registration link is below #YQG twitter.com/stclairsrc/sta…

We are so appreciative of the amazing support by the @WECFoundation of the work of our CMHA Branch. You make a difference in our community! twitter.com/cmhawecb/statu… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Collaboration between @CMHAWECB and @HouseSophrosyne resulted in two educational webinars about #addiction and #trauma focused on individual with lived experience and those impacted by a loved one's addiction. They may be viewed and shared here: youtube.com/user/cmhawecb #YQG twitter.com/CMHAWECB/statu… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

This @CMHAWECB coffee break brought to you by @TimHortons Smile Cookies😋 Nothing better than enjoying cookies in support of @JMCCentre & @WECare4KidsFDN! #SmileCookie #childrenshealth #yqg #partnerships Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Thank you @cmhawecb for raising awareness for #suicideawarenessmonth As an Ambassador, I encourage you to participate in the Suicide Prevention Awarness Month Virtual Walk on September 27th . Registration is free. To raise awareness, you can purchase a t-shirt and a mask. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

TONIGHT! 8 p.m. Another great event with @blueswindsor @liuna625 Kudos to Ambassador @Burrowsdrums & @liuna625 for all you do to support our community: @rpetroni67 Rick Labonte has been a long time #YQG musician - check out the show tonight on YouTube Bluesfest channel.

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Wishing all who celebrate a very happy #RoshHashanah!

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Thank you to @WECFoundation & Inspiration100 for selecting @CMHAWECB as a grant recipient his year. We are SO thankful for this support of our Pandemic Response Therapist. If you know anyone experiencing anxiety, depression or grief due to COVID contact us. #mentalhealth #yqg

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.@CMHAWECB's Dana St. Jean shares her thoughts on how to support youth with grief among fears of returning to school. “We want to ensure that we’re validating kids’ feelings, (and) there's no right or wrong way to feel about it,”: bit.ly/3mvxCoM

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#SuicidePrevention Month info & items available to purchase: Sign up for our virtual walk Sept 27: windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/… Our calendar of events: windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/ Tshirt: windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/… Mask: windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/… Please RT & share. #YQG

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If you were unable to attend our recent webinars on Addictions & Trauma, you can now watch the recordings on our YouTube page. youtu.be/WDW1qQg5clk youtu.be/8CNn-MQSGmc

Did you know:Emergency Department Visits for intentional self-harm among youth in #YQG from 2010-2015 have increased by 143%. Check out @CMHAWECB for valuable information and tools to assist you and those you love❤️ #YOUARENOTALONE #suicideprevention Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Authentic conversation about men's mental health today on the KeepConnected podcast episode recorded at @MediaWorksYQG @iamdjsidthekid with Frank Renaud and Marcel Ugoh @Jennyleealmeida @evhorochowik Episode to be released soon!

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Is your workplace doing great things? ⭐️😀 Celebrate your accomplishments with a @TheWECHU Healthy Workplace Award. Deadline for submissions is Oct 15. wechu.org/workplace-well…

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We are recruiting for a Temporary Full-Time Human Resources Generalist. Please see the link below for full details. #yqg #mentalhealth #cmhawecb windsoressex.cmha.ca/get-involved/c…

Wow, check this out ⬇️ Just received my issue of @BizXmagazine Kudos to @CavalierTool for taking a stand for #mentalhealth👏 #onthefrontlines #cmhawecb #showyoursole #yqg #manufacturing

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@CMHAOntario And proceeds are supporting #suicideprevention. Thank you @GavinBooth & Imagine Cinemas.

Take a moment to read the following message from our Youth Advisory Council. Consider visiting the @CMHAWECB website to learn more about upcoming events throughout the community during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month by clicking the link: windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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