The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Halton 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 Halton Region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Scroll below to download your free copy and to find local resources.

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Community resources in Halton 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, Halton 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.

Mental health

Distress Centre Halton
North Halton: 905-877-1211
Oakville: 905-849-4541
Burlington: 905-681-1488
https://www.dchalton.ca/

Crisis Outreach & Support Team (COAST)
Halton Regional Police Service
24-hour crisis line: 1-877-825-9011
https://www.haltonpolice.ca/services/coast/index.php

Halton Mental Health Resource Guide
https://www.haltonpolice.ca/services/coast/documents/CMHA_resource_guide_2015.pdf

Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition
http://www.suicidepreventionhalton.ca/gettinghelp/areyousuicidal.php

Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Region
https://halton.cmha.ca/

Halton Region mental health services
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Public-Health/Mental-Health

Halton Healthcare – mental health resources
https://www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/services_/28763/t28545-mental-health

Local counsellors and therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/milton

Local anxiety counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/milton

Local depression counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/milton

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist
https://portal.collegept.org/public-register/

Find a local chiropractor
https://onlineservice.cco.on.ca/webs/cco/register/?t=1

Find a local registered massage therapist
https://registrants.cmto.com/webclient/registrantdirectory.aspx

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

Cancer Care Clinic – Halton Healthcare
https://www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/services_/28763/t28337-cancer-care-clinic

Cancer Assistance Services – Halton Hills
http://cancerassistance.org/

Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre
https://www.milton.ca/en/townhall/miltonseniorsactivitycentre.asp

Halton Region Services for Older Adults
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Older-Adults/Halton-Region-Services-for-Older-Adults

Milton Meals on Wheels
http://miltonmow.com/

Halton Public Health services and resources
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Public-Health

Halton Healthcare
(searchable directory of local hospitals and healthcare services)
https://www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/

Families and individuals

Family and Community Behaviour Services
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Children-and-Parenting/Children-with-Special-Needs/Family-and-Community-Behaviour-Services

Youth Services in Halton
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Youth/Youth-Services-in-Halton

Halton Children’s Aid Society
http://haltoncas.ca/

Local relationship counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/relationship-issues/on/milton

Local divorce counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/on/milton

Local grief counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/milton

The Women’s Centre of Halton
https://thewomenscentreofhalton.com/

Emergency support and shelters

Halton Women’s Place
Crisis Phone (24 hours): Burlington 905-332-7892 – Milton 905-878-8555
https://haltonwomensplace.com/

The Good Shepherd Centre
https://www.goodshepherdcentres.ca/

Home Suite Hope
(directory of emergency housing options in the area)
https://www.homesuitehope.org/access-supports/emergency-housing/

Halton Region shelters and food banks
https://www.insidehalton.com/community-static/4265291-halton-region-shelters-food-banks/

Oakville Fare Share Food Bank
http://www.oakvillefoodbank.com/

Food for Life
(neighbourhood food programs in Halton Region)
https://www.foodforlife.ca/

Burlington Food Bank
http://www.burlingtonfoodbank.ca/home.html

Employment and financial

Employment Halton
http://www.haltonjobs.ca/

Local career counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/on/milton

Employment and financial assistance
(Halton Region)
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Employment-and-Financial-Assistance

Credit counselling in Halton Region
https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/ontario/halton-region/credit-counselling.html

Newcomers

Services for newcomers to Halton Region
https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Newcomers-to-Halton

Halton Multicultural Council
http://hmcconnections.com/

Welcome Centre – Halton District School Board
(supporting newly arrived students)
https://www.hdsb.ca/parents/Pages/New%20to%20Halton/Welcome-Centre.aspx

Newcomer Information Centre
(Oakville)
https://www.tcet.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=321

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

Volunteer Halton
(local volunteer opportunities)
https://halton.cioc.ca/volunteer/

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics in Halton Region)
https://blood.ca

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton
https://haltonhamilton.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga
https://habitathm.ca/

Volunteering with Halton Healthcare
https://www.haltonhealthcare.on.ca/volunteer/apply