Parents' Lifelines of Eastern Ontario

About Us


Who We Are

Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario is a non-profit, volunteer driven family support organization for families whose children, youth or young adults up to age 24 are dealing with mental health issues.

PLEO was incorporated in 2000 and has been supporting parents ever since, and we are recognized in the community as the family voice for child and youth mental health. As an active member of the Community Suicide Prevention Network, PLEO was selected to provide a Helpline for parents, and with the funding support of the United Way and the Champlain LHIN, PLEO established this service in September, 2012.

PLEO also represents families through its participation in the Family Council of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Family Advisory Working Group of the Champlain LHIN, The Ottawa Collaborative Initiative of the Ministry of Health, and the Student Support Leadership Initiative of the Ministry of Child and Youth Services and the Ministry of Education.

PLEO works collaboratively with the major mental health service providers in the community, including the Royal, CHEO, Crossroads Children’s Centre, Youth Services Bureau, Centre Psychosocial, Rideauwood, Roberts/Smart Centre, Youth Justice, Maison Fraternité, the Youville Centre and St. Mary’s, to ensure that the family perspective is represented.

PLEO also works with other family support organizations such as the Schizophrenia Society, Hopewell Eating Disorders, NAMI and the Borderline Personality Support Group.

In 2011, PLEO partnered with Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH), a similar organization but with a provincial scope, ensuring that the Ottawa community’s voice is heard at the provincial level. PLEO is the Ottawa Chapter of PCMH.

Who is PLEO (a downloadable version of our flyer)