Did You Know?

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

1 to 3% of Canadians have a developmental disability.

Of 80,000 individuals with a developmental disability in Ontario, 24,000 have a dual diagnosis.

It is estimated that 77% of adults with a developmental disability also live in poverty.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth experience substance abuse problems 3 to 5 times higher than heterosexual youth.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.

Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder - the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.

Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.

The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.

Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.

Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.

Everybody Counts


Blue Jays

The Jays Care Foundation recently announced grants to 13 local charities, including Griffin Centre. Each of the 13 groups was represented in a ceremony before Monday's game against the Red Sox. Grants from organizations such as the Jays Care Foundation are critical to Griffin Centre’s programs for adults and children who have developmental delays.

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KC Collins

Actor KC Collins, cheers on at-risk and developmentally delayed youth at a park in North York with members and Staff of Griffin Centre for a friendly softball game. Born and raised in the Jane and Weston community, KC Collins speaks about the benefits of these extra curricular activities and programs which Griffin Centre offers.

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Boat Cruise

We are pleased to announce the Boat Cruise was a tremendous success! 245 guests boarded the Empress of Canada and enjoyed a spectacular evening and enjoyed a spectacular evening of casino games, dancing, a sumptuous feast, amazing prizes and a stunning view of the magnificent Toronto Skyline, a night enjoyed by all.

Read about the 2014 Boat Cruise in our Annual Report here.

Food Drive

During the holiday season each year, Griffin Centre staff run our Annual Food Drive to collect food and personal care products for our clients in need. The Centre serves many families who are struggling to provide basic needs for their children (i.e. housing, food, and clothing).

The Griffin Centre Food Drive and related Food Vouchers program relies on the generous support of individuals and companies in our community who take the lead in exemplifying a charitable spirit in providing for our clients during this often challenging time of the year. Help us to put a smile on our families’ faces, and food in their bellies, this holiday season.