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

Mental health and addictions programs
(Nova Scotia Health Authority)

Directory of local mental health resources
(The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia)

Healthy Minds Cooperative
(wellness workshops, help navigating the mental health system and more)

Living with Mental Illness: A Guide for Family & Friends
(directory of local resources)

Local therapists and counsellors

Local depression therapists and counsellors

Local anxiety therapists and counsellors

Physical health

Find a physiotherapist in Nova Scotia

Find a massage therapist in Nova Scotia

Find a chiropractor in Nova Scotia

Alzheimer’s Society – Nova Scotia

Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia

Positive Aging Directory
(directory of programs and services for seniors in Nova Scotia)

Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre

Spencer House Seniors’ Centre

Halifax Sexual Health Centre

Nova Scotia Health Authority

Families and individuals

Halifax Family Service Association

Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia

Child, youth and family supports
(Government of Nova Scotia)

Grief counselling services

Local grief counsellors and therapists

Local relationship therapists and counsellors

Local divorce therapists and counsellors

Youth Project
(support and services around issues of gender identity and sexual orientation)

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth

Emergency support and shelters

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Colchester Sexual Assault Centre

Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association
Crisis line: 1-877-880-7623

Adsum House for Women and Children
For immediate assistance, call 902-423-4443

Bryony House
(safe shelter and support for women and children)

Alice House
(second-stage housing and counselling for women and children)

Shelter Nova Scotia
(shelters and housing support)

Find a food bank or other food support program
(Feed Nova Scotia)

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors

Career coaching and support

YMCA Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centre

BDO Halifax
(debt solution services)

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada


Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Resources – Nova Scotia Immigration

YMCA immigrant services

Halifax Refugee Clinic
(offering legal representation for those claiming refugee status)

Newcomer Health Clinic

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

Volunteer Halifax
(local volunteer opportunities)

Blood donor clinics
(search “Halifax” for nearby clinics)

Big Brothers Big Sisters Halifax

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia