The Brampton, Ontario Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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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 Brampton, Ontario area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Community resources in Brampton, 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 Brampton 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


Peel 24/7 Crisis Support Service
905-278-9036
Toll-free: 888-811-2222

Mental Health Services for Adults
(emergency/crisis services)
http://www.williamoslerhs.ca/health-care-professionals/programs-services/mental-health-addictions/mental-health-services-for-adults

Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin Branch
http://cmhapeeldufferin.ca/

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)
http://www.fameforfamilies.com/

Tangerine Walk-In Counselling
(free service for children, youth and families in Peel Region)
http://www.tangerinewalkin.com/

Local therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/brampton

Local anxiety therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/brampton
Local depression therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/brampton

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

Physical health

Alzheimer’s Society of Peel
http://alzheimer.ca/en/peel

Canadian Cancer Society
(Toronto, Peel & southern York Region)
http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/toronto-on/?region=on

Directory of nearby physiotherapists
https://opa.on.ca/physiotherapists/?fwp_nearby=43.7315479%2C-79.76241770000001%2C10%2CBrampton%252C%2520ON%252C%2520Canada

Services for seniors
(City of Brampton)
http://www.brampton.ca/en/residents/seniors/Pages/welcome.aspx

Local seniors clubs
http://www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/recreational-Activities/Pages/Seniors-clubs.aspx

Resources for seniors, their families and caregivers
(Region of Peel)
https://www.peelregion.ca/ltc/resources/seniors.htm

Families and individuals

Family Services of Peel
https://fspeel.org/

Brampton Meals on Wheels
https://bramptonmealsonwheels.com/

Brampton Food Banks
https://www.bramptonguardian.com/community-static/3838447-brampton-food-banks/

Brampton shelters
https://www.bramptonguardian.com/community-story/3080730-brampton-shelters/

Find a shelter
(Region of Peel)
https://www.peelregion.ca/housing/shelters/

Brampton Union St. YMCA Centre
https://ymcagta.org/find-a-y/brampton-union-st-ymca-centre

Associated Youth Services of Peel
http://www.aysp.ca/

Peel Children’s Aid
http://www.peelcas.org/

Employment and financial

The Career Doctors – The Family Enhancement Centre
(career counselling and coaching services)
https://www.tfec.ca/career-counselling/

ACCES Employment – Brampton
http://www.accesemployment.ca/

Credit Counselling Society
https://help.nomoredebts.org/

Newcomers

Newcomer Services in Peel Region
https://www.immigrationpeel.ca/en/before-you-arrive/newcomer-services-in-peel-region.aspx

COSTI Immigrant Services
(employment services)
http://www.costi.org/index.php

Brampton Multicultural Community Centre
http://bmccentre.org

We Welcome the World
(welcome centre for new families interested in registering their children in local schools)
http://www.peelschools.org/newtopeel/welcomecentre/Pages/default.aspx

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

Volunteer MBC
(local volunteer opportunities)
https://volunteermbc.org/

Habitat For Humanity – Greater Toronto Area
(building in Brampton, Caledon, Toronto & York Region)
https://habitatgta.ca/

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics by location)
https://blood.ca/en

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel
https://peel.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/