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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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