The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook
Durham Region, Ontario edition
Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.
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 Durham Region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.
Scroll below to download your free copy and to find local resources.
This project is made possible by the generous support of the following local businesses
Reflections Counselling and Psychotherapy Services provides counselling and psychotherapy, in French and English, to adult individuals with anxiety, depression, mood, or related challenges (e.g. self-esteem, stressful thoughts, grief, etc.). We empower individuals to overcome their challenges, through a collaborative exploration leading to insight, growth, and a life of better quality.
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Appointments available for children, youth, and adults.
Contact: Sheila Moeck, M.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist.
342 King Street West, Suite 204,
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 2J9.
Specialized psychotherapy services for individuals seeking talk therapy for self-discovery, change and personal growth. We have expertise in exploring new perspectives for problems such as anxiety, depression, grief and anger. We match individuals and couples to the most appropriately trained therapist based on unique needs. 905-431-5654
Sheri Gundry, RP, EXAT
Sheri Gundry is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. She believes in healing through creative arts, imagination, talk and narrative therapies. She promotes a safe atmosphere that is intuitive, relational, and collaborative. Sheri is also the founder of Art With A Heart Inc.
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Community resources in Durham Region
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, Durham Region 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.
Distress Centre Durham
24-hour crisis support: 905-430-2522
Durham Mental Health Services
24-hour crisis support: 905-666-0483
Directory of mental health services in Durham Region
ONTX – Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services
Canadian Mental Health Association – Durham
Mental health services for seniors
Local therapists and counsellors
Local anxiety therapists
Local depression therapists
Find a local physiotherapist
Find a local chiropractor
Find a local registered massage therapist
Alzheimer Society of Durham Region
Public Health – Durham Region
Directory of local health and wellness resources
Health Information Services – Durham Region
Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre
Resources for seniors – Whitby
Resources for seniors – Oshawa
Oshawa Senior Community Centres
Community Care Durham
(food and nutrition, transportation, health and wellness and more)
Families and individuals
Directory of services in Durham Region
Kinark Child & Family Services
Enterphase Child & Family Services
Catholic Family Services of Durham
Local relationship therapists
Local divorce therapists
Local grief therapists
LGBTG Prideline – Durham Helpline
24-hour helpline: 905-430-2522
Emergency support and shelters
Directory of emergency shelter programs in Durham Region
Durham Rape Crisis Centre
24-hour crisis and support line: 905-668-9200
Y’s WISH Shelter (Women In Safe Housing) (Oshawa)
Crisis line: 905-576-2997
The Denise House (Oshawa)
(emergency shelter and support)
Crisis line: 1-800-263-3725
Bethesda House (Bowmanville)
Crisis line: 1-800-338-3397
Herizon House (Ajax/Pickering)
Crisis line: 1-866-437-4066
Cornerstone Community Association
(emergency shelters, health support and more)
Directory of food banks in Durham Region
Employment and financial
Local career guidance counsellors
Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre
Employment Supports – Region of Durham
John Howard Society of Durham Region – Employment & Training Services
Credit Counselling Society
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
Newcomer Settlement Program
Community Development Council Durham
Community services and resources for newcomers to Durham region
Durham Immigration Portal
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are few local opportunities to consider:
Volunteer opportunities in Durham Region
Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics)
Big Brothers Big Sisters
South-West Durham: https://centralsoutherninteriorbc.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/
North Durham: https://northdurham.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/
Habitat for Humanity Durham