The Brantford Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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

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Video features

Blood donors: helping others

Ten years ago, cancer almost killed me. Blood donors saved my life. And for that, I just wanted to say thanks.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude. What’s so special about it, and how can we cultivate more of it in our lives to help us through tough times?

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 the Brantford, Ontario area

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 Brantford 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

Mental Health Emergency Crisis Line
The Brant Mental Health Crisis Response System
519-759-7188 or 1-866-811-7188
24 hours a day/7 days a week
http://www.bchsys.org/hospital/services-list/mental-health-addiction/crisis-response/

Canadian Mental Health Association
Brant Haldimand Norfolk
https://bhn.cmha.ca/

Therapists in Brantford
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/brantford

Anxiety therapists in Brantford
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/brantford?sid=1539689864.9194_9408

Depression therapists in Brantford
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/brantford?sid=1539689864.9194_9408

Grief therapists in Brantford
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/brantford?sid=1539689864.9194_9408&spec=14

Rosewood House
(mental health & addictions)
http://www.rosewoodhouse.on.ca/

Physical health

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton
https://www.alzhn.ca/

Canadian Cancer Society – Hamilton Brant-Norfolk Community Office
http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/hamilton-wentworth-on/?region=on&utm_source=VanityURL&utm_campaign=Cancer.ca&utm_content=hamilton

Palliative care services
http://www.bchsys.org/hospital/services-list/complex-continuing-care/palliative-care/

Seniors Guide to Services
http://www.brantford.ca/residents/family/Pages/SeniorsGuidetoServices.aspx

Families and individuals

Brantford food banks and cupboards
http://www.feedbrant.ca/component/bdirectory/?task=viewdirectory&cid=12

Local resource centres
http://www.brantford.ca/residents/support_services/Pages/EmergencyShelter.aspx

Nova Vita Women’s Shelter
519-752-4357 (24 hour crisis line)
https://novavita.org/

Victim services
(crisis and after hours)
519-756-7050

Housing Resource Centre
519-759-3330

Youth Resource Centre
519-758-9644

Salvation Army Booth Centre
519-753-4193

Brantford Welcome In Resource Centre
(homeless men and women)
226-250-0120

Housing Resource Centre
(homeless men, women & families)
519-759-3330

Laurier Brantford YMCA
https://www.ymcahbb.ca/Join-the-YMCA/Laurier-Brantford-YMCA/How-to-Join

Learning disabilities services
http://www.hnhbhealthline.ca/listServices.aspx?id=10728

Employment and financial

Brant Employment Centre
https://www.st-leonards.com/locations/brant-employment-centre

Career Link Community Employment Centre
http://careerlink.ca/

Ontario Works Income Support & Employment Services
http://www.brantford.ca/residents/support_services/Pages/FinancialEmploymentServicesPage.aspx

Newcomers

Immigration portal
http://www.brantford.ca/residents/Pages/NewcomerConnectionsBrantfordBrant.aspx

Newcomer Connections Brantford Brant
http://www.newcomerconnections.ca/En/Arriving/AfterYouArrive/ServicestoHelpYou/Pages/default.aspx

YMCA Immigrant Services – Brantford
https://www.ymcahbb.ca/Programs/Categories/Community-Initiatives/Immigrant-Services

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

Volunteer Brantford
http://www.brantford.ca/residents/Volunteer/Pages/VolunteersDirectory.aspx

Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Brantford”)
https://www.blood.ca/en

Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk
http://habitatbn.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie
https://granderie.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/