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


OUR COMPASS DVDOURCOMPASS tells the previously unheard stories of a group of youth living in Toronto, who are also labelled as having intellectual disabilities. This diverse group comes together at Compass - a weekly drop-in for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth at Griffin Centre - where they are offered a support group, a social network, and a safe place to explore their identities. Shattering stereotypes, these unforgettable youth talk openly about sex, relationships, battling stigma and coming out. Personal interviews, group footage and dramatic photography capture the resilience of these youth as they come together to form "rainbow family".

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AWARD: Canadian Jury Recognition, 2010 Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival

REVIEW: "Films that have positive portrayals of people with intellectual disabilities are rare. First person accounts and films created by disabled people are even rarer."
Jennifer Patterson, Journal on Developmental Disabilities (2009)

Language: English, Format DVD, Colour, 29 minutes, 2009

Documentary is generously funded by:
Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Children and Youth Mental Health Fund: Year 4-Innovation Fund The Ontario Trillium Foundation
City of Toronto, AIDS Prevention Community Investment Program