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


reachOUT is a creative, inclusive & accessible program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, non-binary, queer and questioning (LGBT*) people in Toronto. In particular, we recognize the needs of youth and adults who experience multiple oppressions and work to create spaces with and for people who are traditionally excluded from mainstream services, including trans, two-spirit, newcomers, people of colour and disabled folks. We are committed to social justice, community building, education and advocacy to increase access, visibility and to strengthen our communities. As part of equitable representation, our staff team reflects the diversity of our queer, trans and two-spirit communities, with the majority of our team members identifying as Black, Indigenous and people of colour. We offer:

  • Individual and family counselling for youth 12-18
  • Referral and Case Management for youth 12-21
  • Accessible workshops for youth
  • Drop-in groups
  • Advocacy
  • Arts programming
  • Sports and recreational activities

For more info, please contact:

reachOUT@griffincentre.org or Tai Vo, Supervisor, reachOUT at 416-559-8565


reachOUT – Free Counselling for Youth 12-18! 

Need someone to talk to? Looking for some support? We provide free counselling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer and questioning youth (and their families) between 12-18 years old across Toronto

We can support you in a variety of areas such as sexual identity, gender identity, transitioning, building relationships, coming out, housing, employment, addressing violence, harassment and discrimination, self-esteem, reducing isolation and increasing access to social networks, affirmative spaces, and mental health supports.

We are flexible and can meet you anywhere in the city to provide sessions. We can also provide TTC tokens for you to come and meet with us.

Our counsellors are from the LGBTQ+ and disability community, and we are primarily people of colour. We have firsthand experience of what some of the challenges and barriers that LGBTQ+ youth face. We will make sure that your safety, comfort and privacy are a priority. We look forward to hearing from you…come check us out!

For more info, contact Intake at reachOUT:

reachOUTintake@griffincentre.org, or Onar Usar, Intake Worker, 416- 347-0795, ousar@griffincentre.org


Referral and Case Management for youth 12-21

Are you a youth between the ages of 12 to 21 looking to be connected with LGBTQ+ services in Toronto? Our Youth Outreach Workers can provide support and referrals to:

  • Social Groups
  • Mental Health Services – Counselling
  • Gender Transitioning
  • Health care
  • Legal Assistance
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • School
  • And much more

Give us a call/text or email at:
Text/Call Elvia Maria Peñate at (416) 738-8210 or epenate@griffincentre.org
Text/Call Shayen Henry at (647) 523-7063 or shenry@griffincentre.org

reachOUT groups:

sprOUT Toronto:

sprOUT Toronto is all about connecting LGBTQ+ people labelled with intellectual disabilities. We hold fun events such as dances, BBQs, movie nights and parties and run a drop-in every month on the 2nd Monday at Fosters Club house, 40 Birch Ave, Toronto, ON M4V 1C8. sprOUT Toronto is a partnership between Griffin Centre’s reachOUT program, Community Living Toronto and Vita Community Living Services. For More Info, contact Onar Usar, Project Coordinator, at  ousar@griffincentre.org or 416-347-0795.


Compass is our weekly drop-in group connecting LGBTQ+ people labelled with intellectual disabilities across Toronto.  We hold weekly drop-ins at Griffin Centre every Thursday from 4:30PM – 7:00PM. This drop-in is facilitated by members of the group who hold Peer Educator positions. Compass works towards creating visibility, by hosting events so people can meet each other; raising awareness of the issues that face this community through education and advocacy and much more.

Compass is a space where people can connect, build friendships and community. TTC tokens and dinner is provided. If you think you are interested, or know somebody who might be, please contact our Project Coordinator, Onar Usar, at ousar@griffincentre.org, or 416-347-0795.

Youth Gaymer Event:

The group is open to youth (12-18) who are either exploring their sexual or gender identity, or who identify as LGBTQ+ The guided sessions include fun activities aimed at building confidence, creating engagement opportunities for youth and a space to explore fears and anxieties. The group is facilitated around various areas of Toronto. The Gaymer Party is a free event including TTC tokens, food, video games, board games, and crafts. Check out our Facebook page for when this program is offered: https://www.facebook.com/LimitlessYouthArts

Text/call Shayen Henry at (647) 523-7063 or email: shenry@griffincentre.org

LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-in: 

This Wednesday drop-in group is hosted at Griffin Centre, twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. This group is for two-spirit, trans, gender non-binary, queer, bisexual, pansexual and questioning youth (12-21). Come to hang out with other LGBTQ+ youth.  This drop-in group also consists of one workshop per month on a variety of topics such as employment, housing, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, mental health & wellbeing and more.

Contact Elvia Maria Peñate at epenate@griffincentre.org or text/call: 416-738-8210

Trans Youth Drop-in:

This Wednesday drop-in group is hosted at Griffin Centre, twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. This group is for two-spirit, trans, gender non-binary, gender-queer, and gender non-conforming youth (12-21). There will be fun activities, lots of hanging out and monthly workshops! Come and explore all things gender!

Contact Shayen Henry: shenry@griffincentre.org or text/call: 647-523-7063