March, 2016

If you are a parent or caregiver looking for mental health services for your child or youth, or if you just need someone to talk to as you support your child, call our helpline at 613-321-3211. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm.   


Information - News - Resources



PLEO and Open Doors have partnered to present a NEW confidential peer support group for parents and caregivers,of children and youth (0-24) with mental health and addiction challenges.

When: 6:00pm - 8:00pm  Every 3rd Wednesday of the month starting March 16, 2016

Where: Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth, 40 Bennett Street, Unit A,  Carleton Place

DROP IN, no registration required. For more information contact Gail Taylor, Peer Support Outreach Provider 613-321-3211 or gail@pleo.on.ca



Summer Camps

Time is running out to book a spot for your child in a summer camp, especially for those that need support to be in a regular camp- the supports go quick.

For the City of Ottawa Special Needs programs, please click here

Registration started March 09, 2016, for City of Ottawa Summer Camp.  For more information please click here


Wellness and Health Services

"The college experience is about nurturing students — mind, body, and soul. Here is a roundup of events, services, and resources that will do just that." 

Click here to see Algonquin College Wellness and Health Services.

Click here for more about the Umbrella Project: Safer partying and risk reduction tips for students.



“Opening the door to better mental health for your youth”

FREE GUIDE FOR PARENTS: “The keys to taking care of youth mental health are to work towards building close and genuinely supportive relationships and promoting mental wellness, and to get help early should problems arise. This free guide was designed to help parents forge and strengthen those connections and support their youth's mental health.” 

Click here for the free download

Brought to you by the "Right by You" campaign


Suicide Attempt Survivors

and the Value of Lived Experience

 by Robert Olson, Librarian and Writer, BA, MLIS 

Please click here to read the latest information exchange on the Centre for Suicide and Prevention website.


Iris the Dragon storybooks

A series  by author Gayle Grass that helps children start conversations about mental health at an early age.

For more information about the series please click here


Upcoming Events 

 Here's a preview of what is coming up.  Please visit our website for a more complete list.


Brain and Mental Health Art Show

"The Brain & Mental Health Art Show is an annual event organized by SfN, Society for Neuroscience, Ottawa to help provide a link between the scientific and the mental health communities, and to help raise awareness for mental health issues."

When:  6pm-9pm April 01, 2016

Where:  Horticulture building at Landsdowne Park

Admission is $5 for students and $10 for non students.

Whether you are interested in attending the show or submitting a piece please click here for more information.  The submission deadline is MARCH 18!


Teens...the great parenting challenge seminar

 When: April 14, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm

Where:  Family Services Ottawa, 312 Parkdale Avenue

This one night workshop offers techniques for effective discipline, coping skills and strategies to help you and you teen succeed. The seminar is offered by Parenting Edge, Family Services of Ottawa with a fee of $30.00. For more information on this seminar and on other parenting courses offered by FSO, please click here.


Conversation at The Royal "Using Technology for Mental Health Treatment" 

When: March 24, 2016 (registration is required)

Time: 7 pm - 8:30 (Doors open at 6:30 pm)

Where: Auditorium, The Royal

Dr. Simon Hatcher, Psychiatrist at The Royal's Community Mental Health Program and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa, will lead a discussion about the role of technology in mental health treatment. Highlights will include: the effectiveness of online mental health treatments and opportunities for innovation and policy change in field of mental health.

For more information please click here.


Support Groups


PLEO Parent Support Groups

Every month, PLEO offers several support groups for parents / guardians of children and youth with mental health issues. More groups will be added as we grow. Keep checking our website for listings. Our support groups are free and informal, no registration is required and everyone is welcome!

Please follow this link to find the group that is right for you.


Other support groups in and around town

There are many support groups for a wide range of interests and concerns, both in the city and in rural areas. To view other support groups in and around town varying in speciality click here

We add groups all the time!  Make sure you visit this link regularly.





If you are a parent or caregiver looking for services for your child or youth, or if you just need someone to talk to, please call our parents' helpline at:

(613) 321-3211  |   1-855-775-7005


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So that we may continue to support families in our community