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.


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

Crisis Outreach & Support Team (COAST)
Halton Regional Police Service
24-hour crisis line: 1-877-825-9011

Halton Mental Health Resource Guide

Halton Suicide Prevention Coalition

Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Region

Halton Region mental health services

Halton Healthcare – mental health resources

Local counsellors and therapists

Local anxiety counsellors

Local depression counsellors

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist

Find a local chiropractor

Find a local registered massage therapist

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton

Cancer Care Clinic – Halton Healthcare

Cancer Assistance Services – Halton Hills

Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre

Halton Region Services for Older Adults

Milton Meals on Wheels

Halton Public Health services and resources

Halton Healthcare
(searchable directory of local hospitals and healthcare services)

Families and individuals

Family and Community Behaviour Services

Youth Services in Halton

Halton Children’s Aid Society

Local relationship counsellors

Local divorce counsellors

Local grief counsellors

The Women’s Centre of Halton

Emergency support and shelters

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

The Good Shepherd Centre

Home Suite Hope
(directory of emergency housing options in the area)

Halton Region shelters and food banks

Oakville Fare Share Food Bank

Food for Life
(neighbourhood food programs in Halton Region)

Burlington Food Bank

Employment and financial

Employment Halton

Local career counsellors

Employment and financial assistance
(Halton Region)

Credit counselling in Halton Region


Services for newcomers to Halton Region

Halton Multicultural Council

Welcome Centre – Halton District School Board
(supporting newly arrived students)

Newcomer Information Centre

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

Volunteer Halton
(local volunteer opportunities)

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics in Halton Region)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton

Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga

Volunteering with Halton Healthcare