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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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Please join us for the official launch of our annual Light the Way campaign this Thursday morning at 10:00am, right here via Facebook Live!
Our annual campaign supports two important programs at CMHA-WECB: our Client Assistance Fund and Bereavement Program.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: The Toldo Foundation, WEC Pharmacy Team, the Dr. Fouad Tayfour Charitable Foundation, Amherstburg Pharmacy Compounding & Wellness, Hogans Printing, Made to Shade Window Coverings Ltd., Petretta Construction Inc. and TD.
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@CmhaUWindsor is holding an art contest, run by a group of @UWindsor students that want you to creatively express art in the form of mental heath.

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14 people die in our community every day. Light the Way helps fund our Bereavement Program: youtube.com/watch?v=Fg-bTs… #YQG #bereavement #windsoressex

@eliashernandez Thanks Elizabeth! It is indeed a great program and helps many in our community - and we look forward to having you join us over on Facebook Live at 10 am. TODAY :) #LightTheWay

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See everyone in just over a half hour on our Facebook LIVE! Please join in and say hello :) We encourage our ambassadors too stop by too! #YQG twitter.com/GailNow/status…

TODAY! Launch of 6th annual Light the Way holiday campaign at @devonshiremall 10 a.m. on our Facebook Live! Each year the campaign aims to raise funds in support of two vital programs at CMHA-WECB; the Client Assistance Fund and Bereavement Program windsoressex.cmha.ca/lighttheway/

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@CmhaUWindsor is holding an art contest, run by a group of @UWindsor students that want you to creatively express art in the form of mental heath. From November 16-30, grab your paint supplies and try your shot at a 1st and 2nd place monetary prize 💰🖌️

test Twitter Media - @CmhaUWindsor is holding an art contest, run by a group of @UWindsor students that want you to creatively express art in the form of mental heath. 

From November 16-30, grab your paint supplies and try your shot at a 1st and 2nd place monetary prize 💰🖌️ https://t.co/0y1iTNc2tV

For National Addictions Awareness Week, reassess the way you think about #SubstanceUse and people who use drugs. Learn more at ccsa.ca/national-addic… #ChangeBeginsWithMe #NAAW

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There is still time to register for Healthy Minds 4 Life. A NEW 5-part series being offered virtually for FREE starting Nov. 23. Each module explores a different #mentalhealth topic. For more information click here: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/healthy-m… #yqg #depression #anxiety

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Thank you @drewdilkens for having this important conversation today. There's NO #health without #mentalhealth. twitter.com/drewdilkens/st…

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