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

What is Community/Family Support Services (CFSS)?

Griffin Centre provides support for youth and families dealing with conflicts and concerns at home, in school or in the community. For youth with emotional or mental health challenges which may be accompanied by a mild developmental disability.

Who can access?

  • Youth 12–18 years of age at the point of referral
  • Have mental health challenges and live in North York
  • Have developmental disabilities and mental health challenges and live in Toronto

How can we help?

  • Individual, family, and group counselling or crisis support
  • Telephone support and walk-in services
  • Assessment of youth and family strengths, concerns, the current request for service and to explore and coordinate service options with the youth and family
  • Groups and workshops
  • School-based counselling, crisis supports, outreach, and consultation services

Services Include:

  • Hospital Transitional Services
  • Intensive Child & Family Services
  • Keeping Families Together – Child Welfare Diversion
  • reachOUT (under 30 yrs of age)
  • Respite Service
  • Sexual Offending Risks/Needs Assessment & Treatment - SORNAT
  • Whatever it Takes (WIT) (under 18 yrs of age)
  • DOORWAYS (15-25 yrs of age)
  • Youth Mental Health Court Services
  • Provincial Youth Outreach Workers
  • School Focused Workers
  • Partnership in Autism (PIA) (12-18 yrs of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • what's up walk-in clinic

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