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, gender nonconforming and queer (LGBTTGNCQ) people in the Greater Toronto Area. 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 people of colour, trans, two-spirit and gender nonconforming people, and disabled people. 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, two-spirit and gender non-conforming 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
  • Settlement services for LGBTTGNCQ immigrants and refugees (all ages)
  • Consultation and training to service providers and external agencies
  • Accessible workshops
  • Drop-in groups
  • Outreach services
  • Advocacy
  • Arts programming
  • Sports and recreational activities

For more info, please contact:
reachOUT@griffincentre.org or Tess 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, gender non-conforming, queer and questioning youth (and their families) between 12-18 years old across the Greater Toronto Area.

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

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

Our counsellors are from the LGBTTGNCQ and disability community, and we are primarily people of colour. We have firsthand experience of what some of the challenges and barriers that LGBTTGNCQ 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 416-738-1322.


Ongoing projects

reachOUT Newcomer Network:
offers services for youth starting at 12 years of age, to adults who are permanent residents of Canada and government assisted refugees.

We can help you:
     • Find a job
     • Put together a resume and gain interviewing skills
     • Find a place to live
     • Sponsor a partner or family member to immigrate to Canada
     • Access Government income assistance programs such as Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario
       Disability Support Program (ODSP)
     • Access Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) as well as find scholarships and bursaries
     • Enroll in college, university, or find job training
     • Find English classes such as enrolling in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
     • Apply for your SIN card, health card from Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), Permanent
       Resident Card and driver's license
     • Find a family doctor
     • Interpretation and translation .

We also offer:
     • Weekly sports activities, including basketball, badminton and volleyball games
     • Weekly hip-hop dance classes and summer music camp
     • Weekly drop-ins where you can meet new friends, such as:
            - Support group for LGBTTGNCQ newcomer youth
            - Discussion group for newcomer youth where they can talk about adjusting to life in Toronto
              and practice English
     • Referral to community services
     • Support in filling out government forms (such as immigration, OSAP/ OW, university or college
       applications, etc.)
     • Counselling

We are here to listen to you and we'd be happy to talk with you about what is going on in your life! We offer services in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Somali, Portuguese and Tamil. Interpreters can be provided for other languages- just ask! All of our services are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, gender nonconforming and queer (LGBTTGNCQ) friendly and we always make your comfort and confidentiality a priority. All services are offered free of charge.

For more info, please contact:
Idil Hyder, Outreach and Settlement Worker
Phone: 416-222-1153 ext. 181
Email: newcomer@griffincentre.org

reachOUT Newcomer Network is generously funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

sprOUT is all about connecting LGBTTGNCQ people labelled with intellectual disabilities across Ontario. We hold fun events such as dances, BBQs, movie nights and parties. Our workshops on sexual health, self advocacy, and how to create LGBTTGNCQ positive space are co-facilitated by LGBTTGNCQ people labelled with intellectual disabilities. We also offer consultation to individuals, their families and support workers.

Special thanks to all the funders/sponsors for their continued support of reachOUT!


Ontario Trillium Foundation
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
City of Toronto, Toronto Public Health
Ontario Arts Council
Laidlaw Foundation
Community One Foundation

Media Sponsor: Xtra Magazine