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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

SPEKTRUM

A Space for Queer and Trans Youth of Colour

At Spektrum we are interested in finding ways to come together to make positive changes within ourselves and our communities! If you are South Asian, African, Caribbean, Aboriginal, East Asian, Middle Eastern, South American youth under 30 who happens to be queer and/or trans Spektrum is for you!

(Re)telling Our Stories:

The stories of LGBTQ people of colour have often been misrepresented, erased, and appropriated. (Re)telling our Stories, Spektrum’s new youth-driven project, aims to address this by uncovering forgotten and ignored LGBTQ histories and documenting our contemporary experiences through visual art, digital storytelling, and performance.

Do you like socializing, making art, watching films, learning about yourself and life, and playing sports? Then join us on:

Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8pm
A home cooked dinner and transit tokens will be provided.

For more info, or to get on our mailing list email spektrum@griffin-centre.org.

Funding for this project is generously provided by:

City of Toronto Drug Prevention Community Investment Program
Toronto Public Health Youth Grants
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