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


At the core of Griffin Centre’s philosophy of service is a commitment to building and supporting the communities we serve. We respect the rights of people and we aim to foster environments where individuals, families and communities connect, strengthen and grow.   

We help clients, their families, and communities to find solutions to their concerns.  Helping them to build on their strengths and develop new skills.  Being sensitive to the cultural and ethnic heritage and traditions of clients and their families.  We work closely with communities to develop new services for clients and their families, involving them in planning and decision-making and helping clients and their families to help themselves.   

Griffin Centre uses a multi-disciplinary approach in its provision of services (e.g. child and youth workers, social workers, psychologists, art therapist etc.) and values the collaboration, which takes place between all disciplines in developing plans with and for clients and their families. With this diversity in mind, we also aim to provide multi-lingual service, cultural interpretation and hire culturally diverse staff teams who are better able to serve clients, families and communities.    

We recognize the uniqueness of our clients, employees strive to provide a safe, nurturing, equitable and affirmative environment where clients can see themselves reflected in all aspects of their treatment and incorporate elements of each client’s traditions, beliefs and needs into their treatment and care within the programs.   

At the Griffin Centre: EVERYBODY COUNTS! 


We are open to feedback from others to strengthen and educate ourselves, increase our understanding and support our working relationships. We develop meaningful connections with our clients and ensure that the agency’s values are reflected in our day-to-day practices.  



Griffin Centre is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services.

Accessibility is ingrained in the way we deliver our services, and Griffin Centre complies with Ontario's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Download our HR Policy 3.3

Download our Accessibility Feedback Form
Download our Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation
Download our Multi-Year Accessibility Plan