Who We Are
Parents’ Lifelines of Eastern Ontario is a non-profit, family support organization for parents and caregivers whose children, youth or young adults up to age 25 are dealing with mental health and/or addiction challenges.
PLEO was incorporated in 2000 and has been supporting parents ever since. We are recognized in the community as the family voice for child and youth mental health and addiction. PLEO launched a Telephone Helpline in September, 2012 with the funding support of the United Way and the Champlain LHIN.
PLEO represents families through its participation in the Ottawa Community Suicide Prevention Network and its steering committee, The Ottawa Collaborative Initiative of the Ministry of Health; and the Ottawa Integrated Plan of Care steering committee, the Addictions and Mental Health Network of the Champlain LHIN (AHMN) and its Family Advisory Committee, with Lead Agencies for Moving on Mental Health Initiative of the Ministry of Children and Youth within the Champlain LHIN and participates on various committees and parent and youth resource groups. PLEO is a member of the Community Mental Health Strategic Planning Committee for Children, Youth & Families in Prescott Russell .
PLEO works collaboratively with the major mental health service providers in the region, 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 in Ottawa. In Renfrew county partnered with the Robbie Dean Family Counseling Centre and Addictions Treatment Service, Renfrew Victoria Hospital. In Lanark with Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth.
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 and Regional community’s voice is heard at the provincial level. PLEO is the Ottawa Chapter of PCMH.