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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

VOLUNTEER

The Centre values volunteers in partnership with our local community. As such, the Centre welcomes clients, employees, former employees and community members as volunteers. Volunteers play an important role in supporting the mandate of the Centre by helping to run fundraising events.

Opportunities for volunteers include:

  • Fundraising
  • Special event support

The Director, Fundraising and Development has overall responsibility for employees and community members wishing to volunteer with the Centre.

Volunteer Criteria and Conditions:

  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age;
  • Volunteers may not be supervised by a relative;
  • The handling of money is restricted to Griffin Centre employees;
  • Volunteers do not transport clients in their own vehicles;
  • Volunteers are overseen by a Griffin Centre employee or management at all times;
  • Volunteers do not have access to confidential information.

  • The Director, Fundraising and Development recruits volunteers in a manner that welcomes a range of individuals with diverse backgrounds, ages, skills, interests and abilities.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please send your resume to resume@griffincentre.org and indicate: "Volunteer" in the subject line.

    Thank you for your interest and support!