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


Over 2,500 people a year directly benefit from Griffin Centre’s programs and services. We rely on your contributions to continue our commitment to enriching the lives of the people we serve. With your support we can reach more people and create more opportunities for youth and adults with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities.

We appreciate the contributions of caring individuals and organizations like you who make it possible for us to provide vital services to at risk youth and adults.


Your generous support can…

  • Help support some of the most vulnerable, disenfranchised youth in our community.
  • Send an at-risk youth to camp
  • Provide youth and adults with programs to constructively challenge their energy
  • Provide nutritious meals to youth and/or adults
  • Purchase supplies for Griffin Centre’s therapeutic art programs
  • Cover the cost of educational outings in the community
  • And much more

Our programs enable individuals who would not otherwise have the opportunity or the skills, to participate in a structured socialization, recreation, life, employment skills program to prepare them for further work experiences and successful community living.

Our aim it to reach youth and adults, and provide them with the tools to build a better life for themselves. With your support we can help them develop their self-esteem, give them hope and empower them to strive for more.

Your donation to Griffin Centre will help enrich the lives of the youth and adults who use our services each year. We need your help! Please give generously. Thank you for your support!