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 from 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, eMentalHealth.ca ; Psychiatrist at CHEO; Associate Professor at uOttawa

All of Pleo’s services are free to join and funded by our funders, donors and sponsors

To see this month’s calendar of events, please click View Calendar

Find support with other parents of suicidal youth, in this free and confidential 8 week online peer-led support group, hosted by Pleo in partnership with The Robbie Dean Counselling Centre

Pleo, in collaboration with The Robbie Dean Counselling Centre, are hosting 3 sessions of this free support group. Each session runs for 8 weeks every Thursday from 6pm-7:30 pm, and is held on Zoom. Session 1 starts April 18 and ends on June 6 (Registration has closed). Session 2 starts on June 13 and ends on August 1. (Registration has closed). Session 3 starts on August 8 and ends on September 26. We ask all parents to attend all dates in a session and to please only register for one session, as spaces are limited. We remind parents to register early, as registration is required. Click here to learn more. 

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Please note: this inbox is not monitored 24/7. If you are in distress or crisis, please call: Youth and Family Crisis Line under 16 yrs (Ottawa area: 613 260 2360, Outside Ottawa: 1 877 377 7775). If you are over 16 yrs (Ottawa: 613 722 6914, Outside Ottawa: 1 866 996 0991). If you are in need of support, or just someone to talk to, call our free Parents’ Helpline open Mon-Fri 9 am-7pm EST to talk with a Family Peer Supporter, by calling us toll free at 1.855.755.7005 or local at 613.321.3211. Questions submitted by parents may be used in our Dear Pleo newsletter and all submissions are confidential and anonymous.

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Where to find Pleo in your community

We are here to help, in communities across Eastern Ontario. Click the link below to find your local Pleo Parent Support Group, or to find a Pleo Family Peer Supporter available at your community mental health agency.