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 all ages between birth and 25:

Click here to Register for Mondays from 2:30pm to 4pm August 23 to October 25

Click here to Register for Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm August 25 to October 13

For Parents of children all ages between birth and 12:

Click here to Register for Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm August 25 to October 13

For Parents of children all ages between 13 to 25:

Click here to Register for Mondays from 7pm to 8:30pm August 23 to October 25 REGISTRATION FULL

“I would tell a friend this group is very helpful. I would tell them it is accepting and peer led and informative. I would certainly recommend the group to other parents and families with children experiencing mental health challenges.”

Parent Support Group Participant

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.

This was a step I needed to take not just for my son but for myself.

Parent Support Group Participant