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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

Recent News

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Healthy Workplace Awards Revamped
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The Face of Men’s Mental Health
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Sole Focus Project wins AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Innovation Award
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It’s a beautiful day to be out supporting the 2020 Can-Am Golf Tournament at Roseland Golf and Curling Club, in support of First Responders ☀️⛳️

The Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor Essex County Branch is proud to be a community partner for this amazing event.

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Anniversary t-shirts and masks are available for purchase! Get yours today and show your support for suicide prevention. #youareNOTalone #SuicidePrevention2020
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Another group of individuals is being trained in LivingWorks Education Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training today. Learn the skills. Help save a life. Dates are available in October and November. #youareNOTalone #SuicidePreventino2020
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We're pleased to share our 2019-20 annual report.

From continuing to improve access and services for clients, to receiving awards, to surpassing our fundraising goal of $1.5 million in support of mental health training, education and awareness, CMHA Windsor-Essex County Branch has celebrated many exciting milestones over the past year.

Working with community partners, we have made significant progress on a number of initiatives with a shared goal of improving access and services for your clients.

Check out the full report to learn more. windsoressex.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CMHA_AR_WindsorEssex-2020_8.5x11-EN_final.pdf
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Join us today at 5pm via Zoom for our Annual General Meeting featuring former CFL player Frank Renaud.
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🆕️ EPISODE 4️⃣ ALERT 🎥

#KeepConnected

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In episode 4 of @cmhawecb's mental health podcast "Keep Connected" Jenny-Lee and Ewelina check in with Ashleigh Watson, Housing Manager, Salvation Army Windsor about her role, the new challenges that come with operating in the post-Covid normal and her foodie blog "Sweet Up!"

🔊 Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor's Mental Health podcast is all about connections! Listen in as they 'Keep Connected' in the community through stories, peers, support, community, arts, research, and much more in hopes of creating a social movement where we end the stigma related to mental health and mental illness and build a suicide safer YQG community ✅

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If you were unable to attend our recent webinars: "Addictions & Trauma: Focus on Those with Lived Experience", and "Addictions & Trauma: Focus on Those Impacted by a Loved One's Addiction" were can now watch the recordings on our YouTube page.
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Thank you to everyone that has been walking in the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Virtual Walk and sharing your photos and stories with us. #youareNOTalone #SuicidePrevention2020 Amy Mullins Manor Realty ...

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7 days ago

Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

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 Candy Table Sponsor Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare for your support!

Funds raised support the #bereavement program for children.

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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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We 💖this banner of colouring pages completed by children of all ages giving THANKS🙏 to First Responders for all they do to keep us safe! #canampolicefiregames #golftournament #mentalhealth #Roselandgolfclub

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Thank you @machinery_trade for your support! Join Elizabeth and others for our #suicideprevention VIRTUAL Walk happening this Sunday Sept 28! #youarenotalone #keepconnected twitter.com/machinery_trad…

Congrats Ellen! We look forward to #RideDontHide 2021 We are seeing much cycling activity in #YQG @webikefriendly @KieranMcKenzie @WindsorRino 🚴‍♀️ twitter.com/ellenonwindsor…

A reminder that September is suicide prevention and awareness month. @LaSallePoliceON are here for each and every one of you every day of the year. 24/7...You are not alone! @CMHAWECB Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

2020 marks the 5th anniversary of #SuicidePrevention month in #yqg. We are most grateful for the support of so many community partners, including @FiatChrysler_NA Thank you for the $5,000 donation in support of #suicideprevention education! #youarenotalone #beheretomorrow #yqg

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We agree - Barb Davis- our Board Chair! Today’s AGM and the shared comments in our chat say so much about the impact of our speakers today. And the valuable work being done by our staff. #YQG

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We actually had 3 screens at our AGM!! What a phenomenal turnout - Please share and tag ... @ACinYQG @tamfry5045 @lucianasieza @WindsorPolice @Jennyleealmeida @evhorochowik @kwillism @GailNow @ClaudiadenBoer2 Please tag if we missed you ... #YQG

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What a phenomenal turnout - 

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Make sure to check an upcoming #KeepConnected podcast - to hear more from Frank Renaud and our own Marcel Ugoh... Stay tuned. @Jennyleealmeida @evhorochowik @kwillism #YQG #MentalHealthMatters

Hello everyone!! Thank you. We appreciate all of you attending our AGM now - virtually Our work is needed now more than ever - and as our CEO @ClaudiadenBoer2 said - hearing today from those with lived experience brings home the value of mental health support #YQG

test Twitter Media - Hello everyone!!  Thank you.   We appreciate all of you attending our AGM now - virtually

Our work is needed now more than ever - and as our CEO @ClaudiadenBoer2 said - hearing today from those with lived experience brings home the value of mental health support 

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Our CEO @ClaudiadenBoer2 - welcoming everyone to our AGM today Some great collaboration today - supportive partners- some staff- ambassadors - and those with lived experience We aren’t meeting in person but we do know the value to #keepconnected in #YQG for mental health

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Some great collaboration today - supportive partners- some staff- ambassadors - and those with lived experience

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Train in the jungle gym of your brain!!! Thank you Frank Renaud! @CFL @UWindsor #YQG

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Guest speaker Frank Renaud - talking about his struggles w/ mental health at our AGM. At age 25 - life comes at you fast - and how when he went inside, alone and walking out of a hospital barefoot... first picked up by friends and then police. Today - taking a victor stance.

test Twitter Media - Guest speaker Frank Renaud - talking about his struggles w/ mental health at our AGM.

At age 25 - life comes at you fast - and how when he went inside, alone and walking out of a hospital barefoot... first picked up by friends and then police. 

Today - taking a victor stance. https://t.co/hUWfHOylUn

TODAY! 5 pm. Sign up! Join us and @CFL former Player Frank Renaud as our guest speaker. #YQG twitter.com/cmhawecb/statu…

It's not too late to catch @lastcallonetake on the big screen in select Imagine Theatre Cinemas, including the Lakeshore location. Playing until September 24! Thank you to our sponsors: @MotorCityCCU @windsorfire Benefits Fund and AH4W! #suicideprevention #youarenotalone #film

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Thank you to our sponsors: @MotorCityCCU @windsorfire Benefits Fund and AH4W!

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@UWSA4U @TheWECHU Be sure to take pics and post to social media and tag @CMHAWECB

Join @CMHAWECB and @TheWECHU for the fifth annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Walk. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the walk will be held virtually this year until September 27th #YouAreNotAlone #SuicidePrevention2020. Register today by visiting: windsoressex.cmha.ca/mental-health/… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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