The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Halifax, NS 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 the Halifax community geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Community resources in the Halifax 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 Halifax 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 Crisis Line (24/7)
1-888-429-8167 (toll-free)

Kids Help Phone (24/7)
1-800-668-6868 (toll-free)

Canada Mental Health Association – Halifax-Dartmouth
https://cmha.ca/branches/halifax-dartmouth-branch

Mental health and addictions programs
(Nova Scotia Health Authority)
https://www.nshealth.ca/mental-health-addictions

Directory of local mental health resources
(The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia)
https://www.mentalhealthns.ca/resources

Healthy Minds Cooperative
(wellness workshops, help navigating the mental health system and more)
https://www.healthyminds.ca/

Living with Mental Illness: A Guide for Family & Friends
(directory of local resources)
http://ourhealthyminds.com/family-handbook/appendix-resources-list.html

Local therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/ns/halifax

Local depression therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/ns/halifax

Local anxiety therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/ns/halifax

Physical health

Find a physiotherapist in Nova Scotia
http://www.physiotherapyns.ca/find-a-physio

Find a massage therapist in Nova Scotia
https://www.mtans.ca/member-directory/

Find a chiropractor in Nova Scotia
http://knowyourback.ca/about-us/directory/

Alzheimer’s Society – Nova Scotia
https://alzheimer.ca/en/ns

Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia
http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=ns

Positive Aging Directory
(directory of programs and services for seniors in Nova Scotia)
https://novascotia.ca/seniors/directory/

Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre
http://www.dartmouthseniors.ca/

Spencer House Seniors’ Centre
http://spencerhouse.ca/index.html

Halifax Sexual Health Centre
http://hshc.ca/

Nova Scotia Health Authority
http://www.nshealth.ca/

Families and individuals

Halifax Family Service Association
http://fshalifax.com/

Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia
http://ensfamilyservice.ca/

Child, youth and family supports
(Government of Nova Scotia)
https://novascotia.ca/coms/families/index.html

Grief counselling services
https://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/palliative-care/grief-counselling-services

Local grief counsellors and therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/ns/halifax

Local relationship therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/relationship-issues/ns/halifax

Local divorce therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/ns/halifax

Youth Project
(support and services around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation)
https://youthproject.ns.ca/

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth
http://www.ymcahfx.ca/

Emergency support and shelters

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
http://avaloncentre.ca/

Colchester Sexual Assault Centre
http://www.colchestersac.ca/

Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association
Crisis line: 1-877-880-7623
http://awrcsasa.ca/

Adsum House for Women and Children
For immediate assistance, call 902-423-4443
http://www.adsumforwomen.org/

Bryony House
(safe shelter and support for women and children)
https://www.bryonyhouse.ca/

Alice House
(second-stage housing and counselling for women and children)
https://alicehouse.ca/

Shelter Nova Scotia
(shelters and housing support)
https://www.shelternovascotia.com/

Find a food bank or other food support program
(Feed Nova Scotia)
https://www.feednovascotia.ca/find-food

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/ns/halifax

Career coaching and support
https://www.careerjoy.com/maps/halifax/

YMCA Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre
http://www.ymcansworks.ca/

BDO Halifax
(debt solution services)
https://debtsolutions-halifax.ca/

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada
https://www.solveyourdebts.com/

Newcomers

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia
https://www.isans.ca/

Resources – Nova Scotia Immigration
https://novascotiaimmigration.com/resources/

YMCA immigrant services
http://www.ymcansworks.ca/immigrant-services/

Halifax Refugee Clinic
(offering legal representation for those claiming refugee status)
http://halifaxrefugeeclinic.org/

Newcomer Health Clinic
https://www.nshealth.ca/content/newcomer-health-clinic

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

Volunteer Halifax
(local volunteer opportunities)
https://volunteerhalifax.ca/

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Halifax
https://halifax.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia
https://habitatns.ca/