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

COMMUNITY/FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES (CFSS)

Griffin Centre provides support for youth and families dealing with conflicts and concerns at home, in school or in the community. For youth with emotional or mental health challenges which may be accompanied by a mild developmental disability.

Who can access?

  • Youth 12 – 18 yrs of age at the point of referral
  • Have mental health challenges or a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges)
  • Have mental health challenges and live in North York
  • Have developmental disabilities and mental health challenges and live in the City of Toronto

How can we help?

  • Individual, family, and group counselling or crisis support
  • Telephone support and drop in services
  • Assessment of family strengths, concerns, the current request for service and to explore and coordinate service options with the youth and family
  • Parent education groups and workshops
  • School-based counselling, crisis supports, outreach, and consultation services
  • Assessment and treatment services for youth who have sexually offended
  • Substance use and mental health counselling and day program
COMMUNITY/FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

Services Include:

Hospital Transitional Services

A service to assist youth, 12 -18 years of age, with developmental disabilities and/or mental health challenges, transition back into the community from a hospital environment. Referrals to Hospital Transitional Services are made through Hospital staff.

Intensive Child & Family Services

Griffin Centre provides in-home support to assist parents and youth 12-18 years of age with mental health challenges or a developmental disability to strengthen their ability to function effectively at home, in school or in the community. Please call Youth Intake at 416-222-1153 to access this service.

Who can access?

  • Youth 12-18 yrs of age, at the age of referral
  • Have mental health challenges or a developmental disability and mental health challenges
  • Are currently receiving services or involved with an organization similar to Griffin Centre

Keeping Families Together - Child Welfare Diversion

For youth between 12-16 years of age, with mental health needs, and their families who are experiencing conflict. The purpose of the program is to prevent admission of youth into child welfare agencies, or facilitate the safe return of youth to their homes by providing meaningful, timely and supportive intervention to the family, and strengthening family relationships and family functioning. Referrals for this program are made through Child Welfare workers.

reachOUT (up to 30 yrs of age)

A creative, inclusive & accessible program that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, gender nonconforming and queer (LGBTTGNCQ) youth.

Who can access?

  • Individuals under the age of 30 (see group details regarding specific age limits)
  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, gender nonconforming and queer (LGBTTGNCQ)
  • Live and/or play in the City of Toronto and surrounding areas

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice conferences or circles are a creative and effective way to bring youth between the ages of 12 to 18 who have offended together with those they have affected. This process helps the youth understand what they have done and creates opportunities for them to take responsibility. These interventions can either replace or supplement the youth justice response to offending behaviour. To access this service, call the Supervisor/Director of Community Connections at 416-222-1153.

Who can access?

  • Youth between the age of 12 and 18 years of age
  • Have engaged in offending behaviour that puts them at risk of becoming involved in the youth justice or child welfare systems, or that may further entrench them
  • Have suspected or identified mental health concerns
  • Are able to participate in a conference and can benefit from a community based response
  • Acknowledge their actions and are prepared to take some responsibility for the harm they have caused
  • Live in the city of Toronto

Sexual Offending Risk Needs Assessment Treeatment (SORNAT)

The SORNAT Program provides community-based assessment and treatment services for youth 12 -18 years of age with a dual diagnosis who have committed a sexual offence or have engaged in problematic sexual behavior. Please call Youth Intake at 416 222 1153 to access this service.

Who can access?

  • Youth 12 to 18 who are years of age at the age of referral
  • Have a dual diagnosis (mild developmental disability and mental health challenges) and who either:
    • Live in the City of Toronto and participate voluntarily, or
    • Live in Toronto, York Simcoe, Halton or Peel and have been referred by Youth Justice Services

Whatever it Takes (WIT) (0-18 yrs of age)

WIT facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth between 0-18 years of age with complex needs or whose needs surpass the ability and capacity of any one service provider or service sector. This is a service for service providers and it can be accessed by calling 416-222-1153 and asking for WIT Intake.

Who can access?

  • Children & Youth who are between 0 –18 years of age;
  • Have needs that cross sectors; and
  • Require highly individualized treatment plans
  • Live in the City of Toronto;

Doorways (15-25 yrs of age)

LOFT Community Services and Griffin Centre are pleased to announce that we are collaborating in providing services for transitional aged youth with mental health and substance use challenges in the Jane Finch community and surrounding area, with LOFT Community Services assisting clients with these needs who are referred from hospital.

Through the Doorways program, LOFT and Griffin delivers an integrated, recovery based model of complex care coordination and case management for youth ages 15 to 25, and their families, in the Jane and Finch community and broader North West Toronto area. A multidisciplinary team matches available services to individual needs and the wishes of our clients.

Services available at both Agencies include:

  • addiction specific strategies;
  • rapid intake;
  • evidence based intensive case management;
  • treatment through individual and family counselling;
  • family education and support.

Services available at Griffin Centre only:

  • dual diagnosis and ASD consultation;
  • Access to psychiatric and trauma assessments and LGBTQ specific services;
  • youth engagement activities;
  • group programming;
  • peer support;
  • restorative justice and service to youth involved in the justice system.

Griffin Centre Mental Health Services:

1124 Finch Avenue West,
Unit #1,
Toronto, ON

T: 416-222-1153
F: 416-222-1321
E: contact@griffincentre.org

Services provided by LOFT Community Services are available at their Jane and Finch neighbourhood location. Please contact LOFT for more information.

LOFT Community Services:

T: 416-979-1994
F: 416-979-3028
E: info@loftcs.org

Access

Services provided by LOFT and Griffin Centre can be accessed by calling 416-222-1153 and asking for Doorways.

Who can access?

  • Individuals who are 15-25 years of age
  • Live in the Jane-Finch and surrounding community (Steeles to 401, Humber River to Dufferin)

Youth Mental Health Court Services

This program provides support to youth 12 to 18 years of age with mental health needs and/or a dual diagnosis in the justice system, and directs them from the justice system to community-based services. This service can be accessed by calling 416-222-1153 and asking for Supervisor/Director, Community Connections.

Who can access?

  • Youth who are between 16 and 17 years of age at the age of referral
  • Have been or is at risk of being charged with an offence
  • Have a diagnosed or suspected mental health problem, traumatic brain injury or developmental disability

Youth Outreach Services (YOW)

Griffin Centre Youth Outreach Workers help youth 12 - 21 years of age in the Westminster-Branson area, and youth who identify as LGBTTGNCQ and/or with a developmental disability or dual diagnosis in North York, to connect to resources such as employment, housing, recreation, health, mental health support and legal services.

To access the YOW service, please call intake and ask to speak to Supervisor/Director, Community Connections

Who can access?

  • Youth 12-21 years of age
  • Live in North York
    (Westminster-Branson Community)

Partnership in Autism (PIA)

The PIA program provides a 6 month community-based service to youth ages 12 to18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder who are significantly struggling in the home, community and/or school setting. Please call Youth Intake at 416-222-1153 to access this service.

Student Focused Workers (SFW)

SFW provides community-based short term (up to 6 months) counselling services for youth ages 12 to 18 and their family who have been referred by the School Board social workers due to youth mental health concerns. School Board social workers refer clients directly to the SFW program.