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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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Sole Focus Project wins AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Innovation Award
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There's still time to get your Windsor Express​ / CMHA-WECB special season ticket package! Until December 23, fans can purchase a season ticket package, starting at $399, including a $75 donation to CMHA-WECB. See flyer for more details! ...

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Farmers face a unique set of challenges, such as weather conditions, crop infestation, animal disease and market volatility, which can affect their livelihood and impact their wellbeing. To help farmers manage their mental health or addictions concerns, @CMHAOntario has collaborated with agricultural leaders to develop an online resource to make it easier for farmers to find support when and where they need it.
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Thank you Parker DKI and Elizabeth for your support to CMHA at your Ugly Sweater event tonight.Parker DKI hosted it's 3rd Annual client appreciation night for the Holiday Season at the Walkerville Brewery. Parker DKI asked their clients and friends to get in the Holiday Spirit by wearing their UGLY Christmas sweaters. Raffle tickets were sold to support the Light The Way Campaign by CMHA - WEC. Visit www.parkerdki.ca for more information. - Photos by Mychailo ...

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3 days ago

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What a wonderful evening at Jeff Burrows and Carol Petroni Dine N Shine event at Joe Schmoes. Thank you for supporting CMHA.Jeff Burrows and Carol Frain Petroni hosted their Dine N Shine Night for Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) at Joe Schmoe’s in LaSalle. During the evening there were raffles and Windsor Firefighter’s Calendar’s were on sale. A big thank you to Joe Schmoe’s for donating 15% of the evenings food orders to CMHA All proceeds will go to benefit the bereavement program for CMHA. Visit www.windsoressex.cmha.ca for more information. Photos by Simon Wyn Edwards Photography ...

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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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Straight Ahead Group - A concurrent disorders maintenance group for individuals living with a mental illness and substance use problem who want to actively work on maintaining their recovery. Please share! Group starts in January 2020. ...

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Looking to start or finish your holiday shopping? CMHA-WECB has a variety of items from firemen calendars and stocking stuffers to sports tickets - something for everyone on your list! And the best part? It's the gift that gives twice! Your purchase supports the programs and services of CMHA-WECB. #giftgiving windsoressex.cmha.ca/holiday-gift-giving/ ...

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As fundraising for the @detroitmarathon has officially closed, we'd like to thank the 114 participants who ran on behalf of CMHA-WECB, including our fantastic volunteers, Brett Chaborek and Rose Wood. Collectively you all raised over $5,800 for CMHA-WECB's Bereavement Program. Thank you! #runforareason #runformentalhealth ...

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We are so thankful to the grade 8 students at A. V. Graham for their thoughtful gift of handmade cards for the patients and clients in our and Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor's Mental Health programs.

A simply way to spread kindness and cheer during the holiday season!
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More beautiful images from last night's Candlelight Vigil in remembrance of children who have died.
Thank you to the volunteers who help make the night possible and to Tim Hortons for providing hot beverages and goodies each year.
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CMHA Candle light vigil in memory of children who have died. Truly touching to see hundreds of families gathered together. Gone but never forgotten❤ ...

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Farmers face a unique set of challenges, such as weather conditions, crop infestation, animal disease and market volatility, which can affect their livelihood and impact their wellbeing. To help farmers manage their mental health or addictions concerns, @CMHAOntario has collaborated with agricultural leaders to develop an online resource to make it easier for farmers to find support when and where they need it.
windsoressex.cmha.ca/raising-mental-health-awareness-for-farmers/
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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:
youtu.be/AwmM8hF1_xA
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Experts On Call - @am800cklw iheartradio.ca/am800/audio/ex… With our very own @kwillism and Rob Moroz from earlier today #YQG #mentalhealth

Great holiday gift - @DetroitPistons vs @Raptors ! Purchase now 🏀 fevo.com/edp/Canadian-M… #YQG Game is Jan. 31 in Detroit! A quick cross border trip

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NOON - today. Experts On Call on @AM800News @am800cklw & @iHeartRadio: Holiday Stress, #Grief, #SuicidePrevention, #MentalHealthAwareness Director & Mental Health Promotions @kwillism & Rob Moroz, Integrated Director Outpatient & Community Services #YQG

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TODAY- at NOON! @am800cklw @AM800News Experts On Call: Communications Director & Mental Health Promotions @kwillism & Rob Moroz, Integrated Director Outpatient & Community Services. Info on : SAD, Suicide Prevention, Grief, Holiday Stress, Grief #YQG #MentalHealthAwareness

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Do you know how to spot the signs of suicide? Learning this could save someone’s life. If you’re a young person struggling with an issue — big or small — you can text Talk to 686868 to get support from a volunteer Crisis Responder right now. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

On the second day of Team Care the TCC gave to me: Social workers certified in Psychotherapy! Dana, Jason and Alaina are the wonderful Social Workers for the Team Care Centre. @AllianceON @CMHAWECB @WRHospital @CityWindsorON (1/2) Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Sat. At Noon: On @am800cklw @AM800News for Experts On Call w/ Communications Director & Mental Health Promotion @kwillism & Rob Moroz, Integrated Director Outpatient & Community Services talking... SAD, Suicide Prevention, Grief, Holiday Stress, Grief #YQG #MentalHealthAwareness

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At Joe Schmoe’s @TownofLaSalle with @Burrowsdrums and Carol @blueswindsor and @kwillism @CMHAWECB #YQG Great party Jeff and Carol! Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Hey @TownofLaSalle friends - next Tuesday is a great day to help out @CMHAWECB at #TheGoat...head over, eat, buy raffle tickets, and have a great time with @NataliePacker18! twitter.com/nataliepacker1… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Get as much rest as possible during #exams. Don't drink too much alcohol or caffeine before bed. If a problem is preventing you from getting to sleep, write it down and deal with it in the AM. #bbforexams Get #mentalhealth tips like these from #BounceBack. ow.ly/9mLf50xhnxE

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Living in rural areas and stigma make receiving treatment and acessing mental health or addictions services more difficult for #farmers. Read more on #farmersmentalhealth: ow.ly/MWjT50xbfvv #farmersMH #ontag

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Thank you @FrankAbbruzzese @AlphaKORGroup for providing a great raffle prize to our event last night! We raised over $500 to @CMHAWECB in #YQG twitter.com/eliashernandez… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We invite you and your organization to submit for consideration #abstracts for our healthy workplaces conference, IMPACT: A vision of change for mental health in the workplace, June 1-2, 2020! Read more here: mentalhealthworks.ca/impact/ #mentalHealthWorks #callforabstracts

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An easy to remember three-digit phone number for individuals in crisis to get the resources they need can save lives. We applaud the @FCC for moving closer to bringing our country’s suicide prevention crisis response system into the 21st century. 👏 thehill.com/policy/technol… Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

This @CMHAWECB event is TONIGHT 5-10PM at #JoeSchmoes in @TownofLaSalle Donations welcomed, firefighter calendars for sale + Silent Auction items include: -VIP passes for @theteapartyband in #London, Ont. -VIA Rail Business class passes to #Toronto. -And more. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Breathe. Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths. Drop your shoulders and relax your arms and legs. Meditation can be extremely helpful during #exams. #bbforexams Get more tips from the free #BounceBack program: windsoressex.cmha.ca/exam-stress/

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Do you have a loved one currently living with a mental illness & substance use problem? CMHAWECB offers an education & support group for family members/friends. Please share! #YQG #support #careforthecaregiver

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