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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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We welcome the government’s announced expansion of online and virtual #mentalhealth supports. We encourage all Ontarians who are struggling with mild to moderate anxiety, stress and other #mentalhealth challenges to access BounceBack: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/cmhas-bounceback-key-part-of-expanded-mental-health-supports-available-... #COVID19 ...

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Healthcare providers from across ONT are coming together to help other healthcare professionals. By signing up w/ the Ontario Mental Health COVID-19 Network healthcare workers can be connected, supported & provided one-on-one no-fee therapy. covid19therapists.com | @oc19mhn Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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On #WorldHealthDay, we would like to salute our healthcare and emergency service partners who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19. We would also like to salute the residents of Windsor-Essex for supporting us by staying home and helping to #FlattenTheCurve. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Join us in celebrating #CaregiverDay today. Caregivers often feel isolated. In what may be a difficult time for many, we are offering some basic tips to help people remain calm and balanced as #COVID19 unfolds: ow.ly/9UiL50z7SRR

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Tx @danmac800 We agree @kwillism & our team @ CMHA-WECB are leaders in #MentalHealth It is our #SoleFocus. Our communications/education dept isn't funded from government so we greatly appreciate our sponsors/donors. It's how we can provide some webinars & resources in this crisis

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Spoke with @kwillism from @CMHAWECB on @am800cklw - Thank you Kim! Such an important service at this time. So need. #Free #Webinar today on managing stress and anxiety during #COVID19 - click below for details. #KeepConnected #YQG windsoressex.cmha.ca Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Keeping a schedule/structure is important;working at home may be new - as is having children while working.What can you do to find a new normal? @kwillism - Director, Communications & Mental Health Promotion on @danmac800 @am800cklw NOW on AM800 #KeepConnected #MentalHealth

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The province announced an expansion of virtual #mentalhealth supports. Programs like CMHA’s BounceBack are available to help all Ontarians deal with #mentalhealth challenges associated with #COVID19 or life’s other issues: ow.ly/d5pK50z6Utp

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Thank you @GailNow & @danmac800 We're grateful to our staff - educators, case managers, social workers, nurses, administrators; & more who have stepped up - the #HealthcareHeroes To our strong leadership by @ClaudiadenBoer2 - & the rest of our management team: @kwillism #YQG twitter.com/GailNow/status…

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