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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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Looking for some sweet gifts or for someone else to do the holiday baking? Why not order from Luxurious Morsels?! 10% of Christmas orders will be donated to CMHA-WECB! Deadline to order is December 7. #delicious ...

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CMHA-WECB was honoured to receive the Outstanding Fundraising Innovation award at this morning's @AFPCanadaSouth National Philanthropy Day celebration, for the Sole Focus Project. Thank you to all of our Ambassadors, strategic partners, and donors that have made this campaign such a success! #showyoursole

Congratulations to the our fellow award recipients:
Fo Abiad - Spirit of Philanthropy
@TheGarageGym.net - Outstanding Business
Maya Mikhael - Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Jeff Casey - Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer
Chris Caruana - Outstanding Community Champion
Pat Valleau - Outstanding Fundraising Professional
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Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. CMHA-WECB stands with others in remembering those whose lives have been lost, whose families and loved ones have been hurt, and those who advocate for a safer path ahead. windsoressex.cmha.ca/cmha-commemorates-transgender-day-of-remembrance/ ...

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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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A huge thank you to our Sole Focus Project Ambassador and Owner and Master Soap Maker at @OceanBottomSoap, Charmaine Gillis for her incredible passion and generosity! Thank you for sharing your story, breaking down stigma and support of the Sole Focus Project. #showyoursole #alwaysgiving ...

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It's not too late to register: Support group for friends and family of those who struggle with substance use. @FamilyServicesWE @WECFoundation @CMHAWECB #GSCsix4six @GreenShieldCanada ...

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Congratulations Mental Health Connections on your 15th anniversary! The public is welcome to join them at an open house next Monday. ...

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The Windsor Essex Therapeutic Riding Association's Open House @WETRA_ 10 am - 2 pm today! t.co/1OCNRqejTK ...

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Would love to have your support for Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor on Thursday, December 12, starting at 5PM, at Joe Schmoes in LaSalle.
Carol Frain Petroni will be co-hosting, so it’ll be that much more fun! 🙂
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Join Carol Frain Petroni and I, Thursday, December 12, at Joe Schmoes to support Mental Health. Come by anytime between 5:00pm - 10:00pm. Joe Schmoe's will be donating 15% of all proceeds. #ShowYourSole Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor ...

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Windsor Firefighters will be back at Devonshire Mall today AND tomorrow from 11am - 5pm selling the annual Charity Calendar. Find them in front of The Bay and get your signed copy. Only $15 for one or two for $20. All proceeds go to the Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor. Help support this great cause! Windsor Firefighters ...

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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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We all have #mentalhealth and can work to build our #resiliency in easy ways such as moving our bodies, snapping our fingers 50 times, counting backward by 7 from 100, socialize, and experience 3 positive emotions for every 1 negative emotion to help deal with stress. ...

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Join us at 11am for a mental health conversation with our #solefocusproject ambassador Hazen and our #mentalhealth educator Jenny-Lee! ...

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Getting ready for #universalchildrensday at @adventurebay ...

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Looking for something to do with the kids today? Why not bring them to Adventure Bay Family Water Park and take part in a FREE Health Expo as well! CMHA-WECB will be there along with many other community partners from 9a-3p. Sole Focus Project Youth Ambassador Hazen Jasey will join our Mental Health Educator at 10:30am for a brief presentation on mental health as well. #showyoursole ...

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Looking for some sweet gifts or for someone else to do the holiday baking? Why not order from Luxurious Morsels?! 10% of Christmas orders will be donated to CMHA-WECB! #delicious ...

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If you are in the Windsor area and feel like giving for the holidays... Please check out my event. All proceeds are going to Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor
Dec 6th, come check it out and have a great time, who knows, you may even take home one of many prizes.

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In recognition of Children's Grief Awareness Day, CMHA-WECB will be hosting an event at WETRA on November 21. This event is open to all children in the community who have experienced loss. See poster for free registration details. ...

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At the University today and looking for a way to warm up now that winter has arrived early? Why not stop by "Hot Chocolate for Healthy Minds" outside of the Odette Building and buy some hot chocolate while supporting CMHA! #MentalHealthStory #showyoursole ...

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CMHA stands with others in remembering those whose lives have been lost, whose families and loved ones have been hurt, and those who advocate for a safer path ahead. ow.ly/kgoZ50xecp9 #TDOR

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#2SLGBTQ+ people can face more discrimination/barriers to seeking #mentalhealth supports + services. We were fortunate to hear from members of the community about how to break those barriers down and replace them with safe spaces #RainbowYouthForum. #transgenderdayofremembrance Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Today we honour the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. These acts of violence are due to stigma and discrimination against their identity and community. ow.ly/Dd8D50xeclr #TDOR

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We are happy to put spotlight on #philanthropy today. Next - Chris Caruana @TimHortons as Outstanding #community Champion @AFPCanadaSouth #nationalphilanthropyday #YQG Thank you Chris!

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@Burrowsdrums @snapdWindsor @AFPCanadaSouth Yes! And a shoutout to @WindsorCRG too ... we understand value of physical and mental #health. And we love your support @Burrowsdrums too! Jeffs 🤘

@liuna625 is proud to support #Windsor’s @CMHAWECB - please join Carol and I for a fun evening at @EatAtSchmoes, December 12! #FeelThePower Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

We have tickets in hand @SpitsHockey #YQG Let’s make this happen!! twitter.com/CMHAWECB/statu…

Congrats to Jeff Casey @snapdWindsor at @AFPCanadaSouth awards ceremony #YQG #NationalPhilanthropyDay -Outstanding #fundraising #Volunteer 3 values: Impact. Obligation. Opportunity to enhance #healthcare

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Thank you Nour @Build_ADream ! #collaboration #community #YQG #NationalPhilanthropyDay twitter.com/nour_hach/stat…

WTG Maya Mikhael! for Outstanding #Youth in Philanthropy @AFPCanadaSouth awards #nationalphilanthropyday in #YQG @UWindsor. Started at age 8 and now 14 - still going strong! Maya has humour, thanks God and her mentor @scolleyvegh ... her team & her parents!

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Next up The Garage Gym for Outstanding #Business/ #Corporation @AFPCanadaSouth awards #nationalphilanthropyday in #YQG @UWindsor What a great community we are part of !

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Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The experiences of discrimination and violence faced by transgender people can result in poor mental health. Learn more: ow.ly/mGlv50xechs #TDOR

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@ClaudiadenBoer2 @kwillism @CMHAWECB is awarded the @AFPCanadaSouth Outstanding Fundraising Innovation Award in #Yqg for their #SoleFocusProject Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

Proud to be here to celebrate our community partners @CMHAWECB. 2019 Fundraising Innovation award recipients. Retweeted by CMHA Windsor

@eliashernandez @AFPCanadaSouth Great to have you join us to celebrate #solefocusproject team. We always appreciate your support personally and with @parker_dki #community #nationalphilanthropyday

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