Toronto Support for Parents

We are so pleased to bring our proven effective model of Family Peer Support to Toronto families.

In partnership with Child Development Institute and Strides Toronto Lead Agency, Toronto parents of children to age 25 facing mental health challenges can now join us for an 8-week online Parent Support Group, with additional support from our Parents’ Helpline.

For Parents of children to age 12:

Click to Register for Wednesdays from 7pm to 8:30 pm March 31st to May 19th

Or call us at 855.775.7005 x 1 to register by phone

For Parents of children ages 13 to 25:

Click to Register for Mondays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm February 1st to March 29th SESSION FULL
Click to Register for Mondays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm April 5th to May 31st SESSION FULL

More sessions will be posted shortly, please stay tuned. In the meantime, we’d love to support you by phone. Please call us at 855.775.7005 x 1

What will I learn in this group?

The support provided in the group will be guided by participants – we’ll respond to the needs, concerns, and hopes that you raise. Common themes include:

  • 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

How will this group help me?

More than 90% of parents report that as a result of our services they feel better able to cope, better able to access the services they need, better able to support their child, and that they feel less alone and isolated, less anxious and stressed.

Who will facilitate the group?

Each group is facilitated by two Family Peer Supporters – parents with lived and living experience supporting their own child through mental health or addiction challenges. They also have extensive training in diagnoses, navigating the system, and specialized skills such as SMART Recovery, Collaborative Problem Solving, Motivational Interviewing, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, to name a few.

Is this group right for me?

If you are parenting – as a parent, caregiver, guardian, grandparent, foster parent – a child up to age 25 who is struggling with mental health, behavioural, or addiction challenges, this group is for you. You can be just starting to have concerns, in the thick of crisis, or a veteran of the rollercoaster that is supporting a struggling child. Your child does not need a diagnosis, you don’t need a referral, and your child does not have to agree to treatment – because this is for you. If your child does have a diagnosis, it can be ADHD, anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, suicidal ideation, addiction, or any other mental health challenge.

What else do I need to know?

There is no fee to participate – our services are supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

As soon as you register, you will also have access to our Parents’ Helpline – which means in addition to your weekly support group, you can call us anytime Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7pm. We hope you do! We’re here for you.

To participate, you will need an internet connection and as much privacy as you can find in these difficult times. We’ll be hosting our meetings using Zoom – you’ll receive the link and instructions after you register.

You can participate however feels comfortable for you – we just ask that you show up. You don’t need to share your last name. You don’t need to speak. And everything that happens in the group is confidential. It’s a safe, non-judgmental, supportive space to find community with other parents experiencing similar challenges.

I still have questions.

Please call or email us! 1.855.775.7005, or info@pleo.on.ca. We’re here to help.

To realize the full benefits of caregiving, it is crucial that caregivers have access to the information and supports they need to sustain their own wellbeing, and that their voices are recognized and respected in Canada’s mental health system. Failure to support caregivers undermines mental health across the entire population, leading to poorer outcomes, both for the people living with a mental illness and their caregivers. This also leads to increased health and social service costs.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada