helping parents of children
facing mental health challenges
find their way forward
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We have implemented COVID-19 precautionary measures to protect our staff, our clients and to do our part to help control the spread in our communities. Fortunately, we are able to continue our services with minimal interruption, but had to make a few changes ot how we offer our support and come together as a community. Until further notice: - All of our support groups will be hosted in an online video conference. Visit our 'Where to find us' page for links to access. - Our On-Site service will be transitioned to 'Dedicated Stand-By'. Front-line staff will be able to connect parents/caregivers to a Family Peer Support, when needed. - Our Helpline remains available from 9am to 7pm Monday through Friday.

We are a non-profit family peer support organization for parents whose children to age 25 are facing mental health challenges. We are parents who have supported our own children with these challenges – we’ve been there, we get it, and we can help.

We provide Family Peer Support for parents through our:

Parents’ Helpline for support and guidance navigating the mental health system, finding resources in your community, and for when you just need someone to talk to.

Parent Support Groups for parents to share information and learn form one another, and come together as a community.

Mobile One-on-One Support for more intensive support and guidance through particularly challenging times, in-person and in your community.

How we can help

  • Understanding your child’s concerning symptoms or diagnosis
  • Finding resources and support for your child and family
  • Navigating services for your child at home, in the community, and at school
  • Providing support and strategies for coping with life’s stressors
  • Sharing skills to effectively advocate for your child and family’s needs
  • Providing non-judgemental, understanding support for you as a parent

Call now to speak with a Family Peer Supporter


Parents who have used our services report being better able to access the services they need, better able to support their child, and better able to cope with the challenges they face. They also report feeling less anxious, stressed, and isolated.

As a mental health professional working with children, youth and families, I am grateful for PLEO and the support it provides children/youth and their families. As a parent-led organization, it fills the gap that professional mental health services do not provide. If PLEO did not exist I simply don’t know what I would recommend in its place.

Dr. Michael Cheng
Co-Founder, ; Psychiatrist at CHEO; Associate Professor at uOttawa