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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

DAY/SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES (DSSS)

Griffin Centre provides a therapeutic program with an individualized academic component for youth with a dual diagnosis (mild-moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges), mental health and/or behavioural challenges who may also have challenging behaviours whose needs exceed the capacity of the school system.

Services are provided in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and offered in small sized classes located in community-based schools and in specialized settings.

Who can access?

  • Youth who are between 12 and 18 years of age at the point of referral
  • Have mental health challenges/issues (including substance use) or a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges), and also have significant behavioural difficulties;
  • Have received specialized programming from the education system which has been unable to meet their needs
  • Live in the City of Toronto



How can we help?

DAY/SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES

With both an educational and a treatment focus, the program assists youth in developing the social, emotional, academic, and vocational skills needed to attain success and greater independence in community living.

  • Assessment of strength and needs of family and youth
  • Family/youth counselling (individual and group)
  • Design and implementation of individualized service plans
  • Service coordination
  • Life skills and social skills training
  • Activity groups
  • Consultation to schools or community resources
  • Supports to re-enter school system/vocational programs
  • Phased summer programming (based on the skill level of youth and their need for support) to provide summer work experience opportunities to help youth learn and develop job skills

Services Include:

Day Treatment Programs in schools located in local communities (dual diagnosis)

A multi faceted consumer centred program for adults with a developmental disability or a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental health challenges) focused on developing academic, community, social and life skills to help them transition successfully into increased independence in the community.

PATH Day/Program (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Provides a therapeutic program with an individualized academic component for youth with a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)) and who present challenging behaviours with needs exceeding the capacity of the school system.

Who can access?

  • Youth 12 and 18 years of age at the point of referral
  • Have a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disabilities and complex mental health challenges) including Autism Spectrum Disorder; and also have significant behavioural difficulties
  • Live in the City of Toronto.

Youth Respite Services

Griffin Centre provides after-school respite, summer respite and/or skill development programs for youth between 12 and 18 years of age with a dual diagnosis, which provide families with a break and youth with socialization opportunities, as well as opportunities to learn and enjoy recreational activities. There are three sessions during the school year (Fall, Winter, Spring).

Sessions are held one evening a week from 4:30 – 7:00 PM. Griffin Centre also offers a Summer Respite Program that runs throughout July and August.

Funding is provided by the Respite Network via MCSS/MCYS.

Who can access?

  • Youth 12 and 18 years of age
  • Have a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and complex mental health challenges)
  • Live at home and require additional support and supervision to participate in community-based settings

HYTS Day Program (mental health, substance use)

Offered in partnership with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), an intensive, educational and treatment focused program helping youth 12 to 18 years of age reduce the harm associated with substance use (drug and alcohol) in order to attain academic credits, remain within the educational system and develop social, emotional, and academic skills.