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 Day/School Support Services (DSSS)?

Griffin Centre provides a therapeutic program with an individualized academic component for youth with a dual diagnosis (mildmoderate developmental disability and mental health challenges), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mental health and/or behavioural challenges who may also have challenging behaviours whose needs exceed the capacity of the school system.

Services are provided in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and offered in small sized classes located in community-based schools and in specialized settings.

Who can access?

  • Youth who are between 12 and 18 years of age at the point of referral
  • Have mental health challenges/issues (including substance use) or a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges), and also have significant behavioural difficulties;
  • Have received specialized programming from the education system which has been unable to meet their needs
  • Live in the City of Toronto and for the VALTA program also youth from Peel, York and Halton Region.



How can we help?

With both an educational and a treatment focus, the program assists youth in developing the social, emotional, academic, and vocational skills needed to attain success and greater independence in community living.

  • Assessment of strength and needs of family and youth
  • Family/youth counselling (individual and group)
  • Design and implementation of individualized service plans
  • Service coordination
  • Life skills, social skills training and activity groups
  • Consultation to schools or community resources
  • Supports to re-enter school system/vocational programs
  • Phased summer programming (based on the skill level of youth and their need for support) to provide summer work experience opportunities to help youth learn and develop job skills

Services Include:

11 classrooms which include:

  • Day Treatment Dual Diagnosis (4 locations)
  • Day Treatment Autism Spectrum Disorder (3 locations)
  • Day Treatment Mental Health (1 location)

  • Day/School Support Services (DSSS)