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


Griffin Centre is an accredited non-profit, charitable, multi-service, mental health agency providing flexible and accessible services to youth, adults and their families.

Since 1975, Griffin Centre has been delivering services to people who thought their needs didn’t count. We continue to expand our programs and services to respond to the changing and emerging needs of diverse individuals in our community. We help them find solutions to their challenges.

Griffin Centre’s programs and services are primarily funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

We offer a range of professional services including; assessment, service coordination and planning, individual, family and group counselling, specialized day/residential services and respite services.

We are committed to fostering positive change and a culture of respect, acceptance and safety for youth and adults with challenging needs so that they have a place to belong, and opportunities to build skills, confidence and connections to make the transition to a satisfying life.

We work in partnership with other organizations to assist or support individuals whose needs exceed the capacity of the service system.

We help over 2,500 people each year to recognize their strengths, achieve their goals and improve their lives.

We are committed to integrity and accountability in all aspects of our work. Our strength is our staff and our diversity.

We nurture continuous learning, encourage leadership and value the contribution of staff, volunteers and supporters. Registered Charitable Number: 10752 8879 RR0001.


Griffin Centre promotes positive change for vulnerable youth and adults with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities and their families. We are dedicated to delivering innovate services and developing creative partnerships that enhance lives and communities.


Griffin Centre is a recognized innovator and provider of smart solutions for people with complex needs. Our services are based upon the following values:

Providing programs that respect the rich diversity of those requesting help (i.e. ethnicity, race, language, age, disability, sexual orientation.

Providing services that recognize and enhance the abilities and skills of individuals, families and communities.

Ensuring services are adaptable and responsive to the changing needs of individuals, families and communities.

Working with others to share knowledge, skills and learning to promote healthy, supportive environments for all individuals and families. Ensuring consumer input in the governance and service planning of the Centre. Advocating for public policies and services that strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Click here for a list of Griffin Centre Board of Directors - 2018