PLEO is an incorporated non-profit family peer support organization for parents and caregivers whose children to age 25 are facing mental health and/or addiction challenges. We are staffed with parents who have supported their own children with these challenges – we have travelled the journey.
Our proven model of family support is unique within Ontario. Our integrated services include a parent’s helpline providing support and guidance in navigating a fragmented mental health system; facilitated parent support groups where families can share information and learn from one another, and more intensive one-on-one family peer support.
Our services continuously deliver tremendous positive results. More than 90% of parents and caregivers who have used our services report feeling better able to cope, better able to support their child, and better able to access the services they need. They also report feeling less anxious, stressed, and isolated.
In addition to working directly with families, we champion positive system change to create a more effective, family focused approach to mental health care. Through collaboration with service providers and key stakeholders, we ensure that the real needs of the thousands of families we support are understood.
We know first-hand that parents play a significant role in their child’s outcomes and research supports this. We recognize that parents can’t do it alone. We understand the challenges and the stressors on families and we believe that recovery is possible. Hope over despair.