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 Residential Support Services (RSS)?

Griffin Centre provides a range of 24-hour residential care and support services for youth and adults with a dual diagnosis (i.e. mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) i n community based settings.

Who can access?

  • Youth who are between 12 and 18 years of age at the point of referral
  • Adults with a dual diagnosis and complex needs (18 yrs of age)
  • Have a developmental disability, or a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges) or Autism Spectrum Disorder and also have significant behavioural difficulties
  • Have had considerable difficulty in remaining at home or in less intensive community-based alternatives (i.e., foster homes, group homes)
  • Live in the City of Toronto


How can we help?

  • Assessment of strengths and needs youth and family
  • Highly structured daily programming
  • Individual, family and group counselling
  • Service coordination
  • Access to specialized supports including psychiatry, psychology, nursing, behavioral therapist, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Life skills and social skills training
  • Recreational activities
  • Individualized home, family and community support programming
  • Access to community school/community day programs or Griffin Day/School Support Services

Services Include:

  • Residences in Etobicoke and Scarborough for youth (Dual Diagnosis)
  • Residence in Scarborough for youth (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Residences in North York and Richmond Hill for adults (with complex needs).

Residential Support Services (RSS)