The Barrie, Ontario Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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There are many reasons a community, your business or workplace could benefit and be inspired with “A Heart of Kindness.” For a new perspective on kindness, please, reach out and let me share my story, on how, you can take that first step.

We are specialists in Exposure and Response Prevention for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. We help those suffering from OCD reclaim their lives while supporting family members with the tools, support, and skills needed at home, school, and the community. We treat children, adolescents and adults living with OCD.

Amazing Space: Center for Wellness & Psychotherapy

As a licensed psychotherapist operating Amazing Space: Center for Wellness and Psychotherapy, I believe that everyone is capable of improving. I am trained as a trauma and addictions therapist and specialize in treating couples and individuals with a wide range of issues.

None of us is immune to struggle. Counselling is just a conversation with the goal of helping you overcome the struggle, and regain joy. I work with women who seek growth, healing, and change. Whatever you are facing, I look forward to journeying with you towards your goals.
Nicole@turnercounsellingservices.com
www.turnercounsellingservices.com
387 Mapleview Dr. West, Barrie, ON
705.721.5161

Our therapists work with children, youth and individuals who are struggling with a variety of mental health difficulties. We will help you gain insight into your past and present, shine a light on your strengths and help you work through challenges to achieve a better state of mind and start living with more grace and ease.
christina@gracenorthpsychotherapy.com www.gracenorthpsychotherapy.com
705-627-2400

I incorporate music, art, and writing in my work when it is relevant. I also work with dreams and visualization. Most people know on some level what they need to do to live a meaningful life. My job is to support them in gaining access to their own wisdom.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Barrie, Ontario area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Practicing gratitude

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Life is awesome. Life is awful.

Sometimes life is an ice cream sundae smothered in chocolate. Other times it’s a flurry of kung-fu kicks to the gut.

Letting go

When my sister Meghan got stuck in the mud, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of letting go.

Community resources in Barrie, Ontario

One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Barrie area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

Mental health


Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
(24 hours, 7 days a week)
705-325-9534 or 705-726-7922
http://telecaredistressline.com/

Suicide awareness and prevention
Mental health crisis line: 1-705-728- 5044 or toll-free at 1-888-893-8333
http://www.starttalking.ca/awareness-prevention/

Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County
https://cmhastarttalking.ca/

Therapists in Barrie
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/barrie

Local anxiety counselling
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/barrie

Local depression counselling
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/barrie

Local grief counselling
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/barrie

Physical health

Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County
http://alzheimer.ca/en/simcoecounty

Canadian Cancer Society – Simcoe-Muskoka
http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/simcoe-muskoka-on/?region=on

Heart & Stroke Foundation
Phone: 705-737-1020
https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

Senior 55+ Services
(City of Barrie)
https://www.barrie.ca/Living/RecreationPrograms/Pages/Seniors55.aspx

Find a local physiotherapist
https://opa.on.ca/physiotherapists/

Towards Recovery Clinic
(formerly The Barrie Addiction Treatment Centre)
http://www.towardsrecovery.com/clinics/

Barrie Community Health Centre
http://www.bchc.ca/

Families and individuals

New Path Family & Youth Services
https://newpath.ca/

Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions
(child and family services)
https://familyconnexions.ca

Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie
http://barrieshelter.com/
Shelter crisis line: 705-728-2544

Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre
http://www.huroniatransitionhomes.ca/services-and-programs/athenas/
24-hour crisis line: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799

Simcoe County Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee
(directory of community services)
http://www.scvawcc.com/home.aspx/community-services/barrie/

Barrie Food Bank
https://www.barriefoodbank.org/

Simcoe County Food Banks
https://www.simcoe.com/community-static/2076162-simcoe-county-food-banks/

YMCA of Simcoe/Barrie
https://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/

Employment and financial

Barrie Career Centre
http://www.barriecareercentre.com/

Agilec – Barrie
(employment services)
https://agilec.ca/contact/barrie/

Debt consolidation and credit counselling
https://www.creditcanada.com/contact-us/barrie

Credit Counselling Society
https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/ontario/barrie/credit-counselling.html

Newcomers

Immigrant services (YMCA)
https://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/immigrant-services/

Settlement.org
(services in the Barrie area)
https://settlement.org/findhelp/ontario/barrie/

County of Simcoe Immigration
https://immigration.simcoe.ca/

Barrie Newcomers Club
https://www.barrienewcomers.com/

Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:

Community Reach
(volunteer opportunities in Barrie)
https://communityreach.cioc.ca/volunteer/

Blood donor clinics
(search “Barrie” for nearby clinics)
https://blood.ca

Habitat for Humanity Huronia
https://www.habitathuronia.com/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District
https://barrie.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/