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Take A Stand For Mental Health

Join the Sole Focus Project movement and take a stand for mental health as we collectively create a legacy fund to further enhance and distribute mental wellness education, awareness and training in our community, and ensure the sustainability of programs not funded by our government.

Our Campaign Goal

Your donation helps support a mentally healthy community. Together, we can reach our campaign goal by raising $1,500,000 towards mental wellness in Windsor & Essex County.

To Meet Our #SoleFocusProject Ambassadors

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.

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.
CMHA-WECB’s sole focus is mental wellness.

The Sole Focus Project seeks to create a legacy fund to further enhance and distribute mental wellness education, awareness and training in our community.

Gifts to the Sole Focus Project will help to fund these initiatives about mental health and wellness to targeted groups, including emerging adults, veterans, newcomers and workplaces.

Specifically, gifts to the Sole Focus Project will enable:
  • Sustainability of programs partially or not at all funded by the government, including mental health education and training, and bereavement services
  • An increased number of training sessions on mental wellness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Workplace wellness
  • Provide greater outreach within the community by attending health fairs, making presentations to students and developing community awareness campaigns
  • Increased outreach with and resources for post-secondary students
What does having mental wellness as our sole focus mean for our community?
  • 4,567 youth engaged
  • 257 schools engaged
  • 16 health fairs and 22 presentations/workshops delivered to post-secondary students and staff
  • 17 health fairs and 49 presentations made to grade schools and secondary schools
  • Talk Today program delivered to 857 grade 5-8 students at four schools
  • 300 grade 10 students participated in the Youth Mental Health Summit, a full day of break-out sessions and speakers discussing mental health and wellness topics
  • Mental Health Youth Outreach Worker contracted at St. Clair College 4 days/week
  • Suicide Prevention Awareness Week planning with community partners to bring suicide awareness to the community and provide training for people to become suicide alert
  • Formation of Suicide Prevention Coalition working towards a Zero Suicide community
  • 2,028 employees at 312 workplaces received workshops and training on mental health and wellness
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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Join us for an original six rivalry as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens! This Canadian Heritage Night package includes your game ticket, a donation to the Sole Focus Project, and a commemorative pint glass. Available now through this special link: www.detroitredwings.com/Canada ...

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We want to hear from Youth and Families who have experience with the Mental Health and Addictions system in Windsor-Essex in order to better understand the challenges and gaps facing youth, and to formalize a
strategy to meet those unmet needs.

For more information and to take part in a focus group on January 28, click here: windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/youth-focus-group/
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor

To say it is an honour would be an understatement. To be named as one of three nominees for Pillars of Our Community Award with the Business Excellence Awards at Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce is more than about the award - as wonderful as that would be to win.

Instead we believe in working toward a mentally healthy community - one in which people can thrive physically and mentally. We know they go hand in hand. So if this recognition means we save a life, we reduce workplace absences, we help people enjoy life, we prevent overdoses ... then we are grateful.

To our staff - we know you are the foundation of the work we do. The frontline caregivers and administrators and educators, our facility staff - everyone who is on our team we thank you and this recognition of a Pillar in our community has all roads leading back to you.

On May 21 we find out who will win Pillar of our Community but in many ways we are already all winners from getting more people to see how great the need is in the community for so much of the work done by non-profits.

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The first installment of the Mental Health Seminar Series of 2020 is tonight at Kennedy Collegiate 7:00 p.m. FREE Seminar open to anyone !! ...

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CMHA-WECB welcomes our newest Sole Focus Project Ambassador, Janice Dawson, CEO, @ESHCare. Thanks for taking a stand for mental health Janice! #showyoursole ...

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We want to hear from Youth and Families who have experience with the Mental Health and Addictions system in Windsor-Essex in order to better understand the challenges and gaps facing youth, and to formalize a
strategy to meet those unmet needs.

For more information and to take part in a focus group on January 28, click here: windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/youth-focus-group/
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Join us for an original six rivalry as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens! This Canadian Heritage Night package includes your game ticket, a donation to the Sole Focus Project, and a commemorative pint glass. Available now through this special link: www.detroitredwings.com/Canada ...

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Thank you to Remo at Oven 360 for your support and generosity. We appreciate you hosting 2 full days with partial proceeds to CMHA towards our Light The Way Campaign. #oven360 ...

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Did You Know? that the CMHA-WECB is unique in having comprehensive primary care services located right on site at 1400 Windsor Ave.!

Our collaborate care team of family doctors, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals such as RPNs, dietitians, therapists, health promoters and a foot care nurse take a holistic approach to patient care by addressing both the primary and mental health needs of our clients.

Check out this great video about the CMHA Health Centre:
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We want to hear from Youth and Families who have experience with the Mental Health and Addictions system in Windsor-Essex in order to better understand the challenges and gaps facing youth, and to formalize a
strategy to meet those unmet needs.

For more information and to take part in a focus group on January 28, click here: windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/youth-focus-group/
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Join us for an original six rivalry as the Detroit Red Wings take on the Montreal Canadiens! This Canadian Heritage Night package includes your game ticket, a donation to the Sole Focus Project, and a commemorative pint glass. Available now through this special link: www.detroitredwings.com/Canada ...

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Next PCMH support group meeting for parents/caregivers of children, teens, and adults with mental health challenges:
THURSDAY, January 9
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Community Living Windsor, 7025 Enterprise Way

To learn more about Parents for Children's Mental Health​ (PCMH), please visit their website today at www.pcmh.ca.

To connect with their local Windsor Essex Chapter, email Corrine at windsor@pcmh.ca.

Windsor-Essex Family Network
Children First
Family Respite Services
Community Living Essex County
Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor
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Don't forget to submit your abstract for our 2020 healthy workplaces conference, IMPACT: A vision of change for mental health in the workplace, June 1-2, 2020. Submissions close March 1. www.mentalhealthworks.ca/impact/ #MentalHealthWorks ...

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Consider recycling your old electronics to @CpcWindsor, located at 4500 North Talbot Rd, Tecumseh. All proceeds to benefit #WECYAC for the month of January!💚 #CPCgreen #YQG Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Experience w the Mental Health & Addictions system? @CMHAWECB & @HDGHWindsor want to hear from you! Attend the Youth & Families Focus Group Tue Jan 28, 5:00pm–6:30pm at CMHA (1400 Windsor Ave). Pizza & refreshments provided. RSVP Renee RMorel@cmha-wecb.on.ca by January 24th 2020 Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Here’s a wild thought: you don’t need to set a resolution. You are enough just as you are. You don’t need to change the way you look, live, eat, or work to be valid. Try reflecting on self-love and appreciate your wonderful self. #MentalHealth #Wellbeing cmha.ca/blogs/rethinki… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

So excited & honoured to be nominated for ⁦@BEAwards20⁩ ⁦@WERCofC⁩ Pillar of the Community. #yqg Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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Thanks to staff, volunteers, ambassadors, sponsors. Such an incredible honour to be placed in this top 3 list for Pillars of the Community @BEAwards20 @WERCofC We know how great the need is for #mentalhealth services in #YQG. Thank you to our nominator & this wonderful #YQG

This nominee positively impacted the community, and demonstrated best business practices. In addition their business mission/objective/goals of the organization reflect a community need which has a clearly defined strategic plan. “ We are so excited to make it to Top 3 !!

Such an honor: PILLARS OF OUR COMMUNITY “Recognizes a registered not-for-profit organization, philanthropic organization, or person that has made an outstanding contribution to the social, cultural or economic well-being of the Windsor-Essex area. @WERCofC @BEAwards20

We are so proud to be here - in the Top 3 Pillars of our Community. Previous wimners include @JMCCentre @T2BWindsor @HospiceWindsor @UnitedWayWE Some powerful pillars. We’re grateful to our frontline staff who advocate, help, support so many people with #mentalillness #YQG

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Congratulations to Janice Kaffer, a nominee for the Business Excellence Award for Professional of the Year and to Claudia Den Boer. A nominee for Pillar of the Community!! @KafferJkaffer @HDGHWindsor @BEAwards20 @ClaudiadenBoer2 @CMHAWECB . Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

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