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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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Help Shape Windsor-Essex’s First Community Safety and Well-Being Plan! Take the Online Survey or Register for Your Local Virtual Public Meeting Today!

The City of Windsor - Municipal Government and County of Essex are working together to develop a new, Regional Community Safety and Well-being Plan.

We are seeking resident participation in our community survey and in the virtual public meetings that will be taking place across the region. The goal of these consultations is to hear from local residents to better understand your community safety and well-being priorities and concerns. Voices like yours will help us in developing a regionally focused plan that aligns with the best interests of all residents and reflects the unique needs of each of the eight municipalities.
To complete the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/WE_rcswb_communitysurvey. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
To register for the virtual Zoom public meeting in your municipality visit we_rcswb.eventbrite.com/. The dates of the public meetings are:
• Municipality of Lakeshore - Thursday March 4 - 6:30-8:00pm • City of Windsor Consultation 2 - Saturday March 6 - 10:00-11:30am
• Town of Essex - Monday, March 8 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Town of Kingsville - Wednesday March 10 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Leamington - Thursday, March 11 - 6:30-8:00pm

For more information and for regular updates, please visit cswbwindsoressex.ca. For detailed inquiries, please email cswbinfo@citywindsor.ca.
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Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services and Gecdsb Greater Essex Co. District School Board have teamed up to provide a FREE virtual webinar series for caregivers. Every Wednesday until March. 31st, join from 7-8pm and discover new ways to cope together.

Open to ALL members of the community, please share with anyone who may be interested!

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Help Shape Windsor-Essex’s First Community Safety and Well-Being Plan! Take the Online Survey or Register for Your Local Virtual Public Meeting Today!

The City of Windsor - Municipal Government and County of Essex are working together to develop a new, Regional Community Safety and Well-being Plan.

We are seeking resident participation in our community survey and in the virtual public meetings that will be taking place across the region. The goal of these consultations is to hear from local residents to better understand your community safety and well-being priorities and concerns. Voices like yours will help us in developing a regionally focused plan that aligns with the best interests of all residents and reflects the unique needs of each of the eight municipalities.
To complete the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/WE_rcswb_communitysurvey. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
To register for the virtual Zoom public meeting in your municipality visit we_rcswb.eventbrite.com/. The dates of the public meetings are:
• Town of LaSalle - Tuesday, March 2 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Lakeshore - Thursday March 4 - 6:30-8:00pm • City of Windsor Consultation 2 - Saturday March 6 - 10:00-11:30am
• Town of Essex - Monday, March 8 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Town of Kingsville - Wednesday March 10 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Leamington - Thursday, March 11 - 6:30-8:00pm

For more information and for regular updates, please visit cswbwindsoressex.ca. For detailed inquiries, please email cswbinfo@citywindsor.ca.
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HDGH's Mental Health and Addictions Urgent Care Centre can provide immediate, brief psychiatric and counselling services to individuals experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis. As of February 22, 2021 services will relocate to HDGH's Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre at 744 Ouellette Ave. Learn more at www.HDGH.org/MHAUCC ...

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Today is #BlackMentalHealthDay. This annual event aims to recognize the ongoing impact on #mentalhealth that results from staying silent on issues of anti-black racism in public services and raise awareness of the specific #mentalhealth needs of Black communities across Ontario: windsoressex.cmha.ca/?post_type=news&p=11148 ...

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March 1-7 is #SocialWorkWeek2021! Join us in celebrating the 18,000+ social workers in Ontario with @ontariosocialwork. #YouAreNotAlone
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Black Canadians face racism, sexism, poor access to education, low employment rates, inadequate housing, and poverty, all of which are barriers to accessing mental health and addictions support. Learn more about this issue: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/cmha-celebrates-black-history-month/ #blackhistorymonth ...

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Just 2 more days until the #MilesForMeaning challenge begins! Have you signed up yet?
It's easy! Visit our website for all the details.
Logging your miles throughout the month of March will help CMHA-WECB compete to win a $25,000 donation! #donateyourhustle
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Help Shape Windsor-Essex’s First Community Safety and Well-Being Plan! Take the Online Survey or Register for Your Local Virtual Public Meeting Today!

The City of Windsor - Municipal Government and County of Essex are working together to develop a new, Regional Community Safety and Well-being Plan.

We are seeking resident participation in our community survey and in the virtual public meetings that will be taking place across the region. The goal of these consultations is to hear from local residents to better understand your community safety and well-being priorities and concerns. Voices like yours will help us in developing a regionally focused plan that aligns with the best interests of all residents and reflects the unique needs of each of the eight municipalities.
To complete the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/WE_rcswb_communitysurvey. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
To register for the virtual Zoom public meeting in your municipality visit we_rcswb.eventbrite.com/. The dates of the public meetings are:
• Town of Tecumseh - Saturday, February 27 - 10:00-11:30am
• Town of LaSalle - Tuesday, March 2 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Lakeshore - Thursday March 4 - 6:30-8:00pm • City of Windsor Consultation 2 - Saturday March 6 - 10:00-11:30am
• Town of Essex - Monday, March 8 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Town of Kingsville - Wednesday March 10 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Leamington - Thursday, March 11 - 6:30-8:00pm

For more information and for regular updates, please visit cswbwindsoressex.ca. For detailed inquiries, please email cswbinfo@citywindsor.ca.
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As of February 22, the Mental Health and Addiction Urgent Care Centre will be co-located at the Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre moving from its current CMHA-WECB location. Experiencing a mental health crisis and can't safely wait for community support? Visit our team Monday to Friday 11:00am-7:00pm or call the 24/7 Crisis Line at 519-973-4435. ...

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Thank you to Vu Ngo for supporting Windsor-Essex mental health with a donation from his hoodies sales 👍

Vu wanted to give back to the community, while each other up and spreading endless love and positivity 💙💚

We appreciate your support!

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Do you walk or run regularly? Are you looking for a reason to start? Why not join the CMHA-WECB in the #MilesForMeaning challenge on the Kilter App? It's simple to join. Every mile logged throughout March helps us compete for a $25,000 donation! #donateyourhustle
Visit our website for complete details: windsoressex.cmha.ca/events/miles-for-meaning/
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Our Workplace Outreach Worker, Allison Chandler, joined WEtech Alliance last Monday, to share mental health best practices, tips and resources for business owners and entrepreneurs.

Visit windsoressex.cmha.ca/entrepreneurs-mental-health/ to find out how Entrepreneurs On The Frontlines can help your organization's mental health!Thanks to Canadian Mental Health Association - Windsor's Allison Chandler for attending this morning's team meeting to share mental health best practices, tips & resources!

Learn more about the available local supports for #YQG & #CKont entrepreneurs, small businesses & staff.

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Do you know someone who is currently in contact with the criminal justice system and is in need of extra support?

Watch this short video explaining what "Justice Case Management" is to find out more about this CMHA-WECB program.

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Help Shape Windsor-Essex’s First Community Safety and Well-Being Plan! Take the Online Survey or Register for Your Local Virtual Public Meeting Today!

The City of Windsor - Municipal Government and County of Essex are working together to develop a new, Regional Community Safety and Well-being Plan.

We are seeking resident participation in our community survey and in the virtual public meetings that will be taking place across the region. The goal of these consultations is to hear from local residents to better understand your community safety and well-being priorities and concerns. Voices like yours will help us in developing a regionally focused plan that aligns with the best interests of all residents and reflects the unique needs of each of the eight municipalities.
To complete the survey, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/WE_rcswb_communitysurvey. The survey is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
To register for the virtual Zoom public meeting in your municipality visit we_rcswb.eventbrite.com/. The dates of the public meetings are:
• Town of Amherstburg - Thursday, February 25 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Town of Tecumseh - Saturday, February 27 - 10:00-11:30am
• Town of LaSalle - Tuesday, March 2 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Lakeshore - Thursday March 4 - 6:30-8:00pm • City of Windsor Consultation 2 - Saturday March 6 - 10:00-11:30am
• Town of Essex - Monday, March 8 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Town of Kingsville - Wednesday March 10 - 6:30-8:00pm
• Municipality of Leamington - Thursday, March 11 - 6:30-8:00pm

For more information and for regular updates, please visit cswbwindsoressex.ca. For detailed inquiries, please email cswbinfo@citywindsor.ca.
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Bullying can result in mental health issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, or depression. Today, we wear pink to remind everyone to be kind and lift each other up: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/cmha-supports-pink-shirt-day-3/ #pinkshirtday ...

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We stand with our community partner W.E. Trans Support - for anyone in the Windsor-Essex LGBTQIA2S+, know that you are loved, supported and valued 💜 #YouAreNotAlone

Please consider supporting W.E. Trans' GoFundMe, to cover the costs of damage from acts of vandalism: gofundme.com/f/hate-crime-support-fund
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Did you know that CMHA-WECB has a Release from Custody program? Find out more from our Community Support Worker, Whitney Kitchen, by watching our YouTube video: youtu.be/JIzsSOyJ4Bk

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@MaryvaleCentre and @gecdsb have teamed up to provide a FREE virtual webinar series for caregivers. Every Wednesday until March. 31st, join from 7-8pm and discover new ways to cope together. Open to ALL members of the community, please share with anyone who may be interested!

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ICYMI: @danmac800 joined @kwillism this morning on @am800cklw to discuss the impact of loneliness to our mental health - watch on our YouTube channel below ⬇️ youtu.be/SkD3VRoho2w

It's #BlackMentalHealthDay. Visit the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website to learn more about Bill 178 and Black Mental Health Day: bit.ly/3kpe3hg

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Tune into @danmac800 at 10:10 am today to hear how loneliness is affecting all of us! @am800cklw @GailNow #mentalhealth #keepconnected #loneliness

The absence of culturally appropriate services and resources that specifically target Black Canadian communities results in many people struggling alone and in silence: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/cmha-cele… #BlackHistoryMonth

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Help CMHA-WECB when you register and join our team in the #MilesForMeaning campaign on the @kilter_rewards app! Join today for FREE & help us grow by inviting your friends & family to compete alongside you. #DonateYourHustle ow.ly/6LDw50Duswh

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Bullying can result in mental health issues including anxiety, low self-esteem, or depression. Today we wear pink to remind everyone to be kind and lift each other up: ow.ly/8Dh850DGVeB #PinkShirtDay

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Are you finding it difficult to run your business?? You are not alone! Entrepreneurs experience mental health issues frequently. Book with Allison today. 519-973-4435 Or visit bit.ly/2LPdqAl #yqg #mentalhealth @WEtechAlliance @WEOSBN

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Issues such as racism, sexism, inadequate housing, and other social determinants of health can serve as barriers for Black Canadians accessing mental health and addictions support. Learn more: windsoressex.cmha.ca/news/cmha-cele… #BlackHistoryMonth

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Have a few avid runners in your life? Invite them to run alongside you in the #MilesForMeaning event on the @kilter_rewards app, where CMHA-WECB will be competing to win a $25,000 donation prize - every mile counts! #DonateYourHustle ow.ly/sMWp50Dus9m

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Prevent an urgent situation from becoming an emergency. As of Feb. 22, services of the Mental Health & Addictions Urgent Care Centre will move from CMHA-WECB. Visit the team of mental health professionals at the Crisis & Mental Wellness Centre at 744 Ouellette. #mentalhealth #yqg

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Book a virtual appointment with our Pandemic Response Therapist if you need help with any mental health issues related to COVID-19. If you need immediate help, call: Windsor: 519-973-4435 Chatham: 1-866-299-7447 #yqg #entrepreneur #ckont @WEtechAlliance @WEOSBN

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