The Hamilton Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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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 Hamilton, Ontario area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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Video features

Blood donors: helping others

Ten years ago, cancer almost killed me. Blood donors saved my life. And for that, I just wanted to say thanks.

Practicing gratitude

Gratitude. What’s so special about it, and how can we cultivate more of it in our lives to help us through tough times?

Life is awesome. Life is awful.

Sometimes life is an ice cream sundae smothered in chocolate. Other times it’s a flurry of kung-fu kicks to the gut.

Letting go

When my sister Meghan got stuck in the mud, she learned a valuable lesson about the importance of letting go.

Community resources in the Hamilton, Ontario 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 Hamilton 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

Canadian Mental Health Association – Hamilton
https://cmhahamilton.ca/

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
(Hamilton 24-hour crisis line)
905-972-8338
http://coasthamilton.ca/

Therapists, counsellors & psychologists in Hamilton
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/hamilton

Grief counselling in Hamilton
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/hamilton?sid=1539977003.7954_32700

Depression counselling in Hamilton
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/hamilton?sid=1539977003.7954_32700

Anxiety counselling in Hamilton
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/hamilton?sid=1539977003.7954_32700

Quite a Stretch Yoga & Zumba (trauma sensitive yoga)
(offers classes for people with PTSD, people dealing with cronic illness, caregivers facing compassion fatigue, children and adults with ADD/ADHD, and more)
https://www.quiteastretchyoga.com/

Physical health

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

Canadian Cancer Society – Hamilton Brant-Norfolk Community Office
http://www.cancer.ca/hamilton

Resources for seniors
https://www.hamilton.ca/city-initiatives/strategies-actions/resources-seniors-and-older-adults

Accessible transportation services
https://www.hamilton.ca/hsr-bus-schedules-fares/accessible-transit/accessible-transportation-services-ats-eligibility-and

Families and individuals

SACHA Sexual Assault Centre
http://sacha.ca/home
Sexual assault 24-hour support line: 905-525-4162

Hamilton Interval House
(women’s shelter & services)
https://intervalhousehamilton.org/contact
24-hour support line: 905-387-8881

Native Women’s Centre
(emergency shelter for women)
http://www.nativewomenscentre.com/

Good Shepherd Centre
(emergency food and clothing; emergency shelters; homelessness programs; and more)
https://www.goodshepherdcentres.ca

St. Matthew’s House
(emergency food, housing support, senior services, mental health outreach and more)
https://www.stmatthewshouse.ca/

The King’s Way Outreach Centre
(emergency food and clothing)
http://alifeatatime.com/programs-and-services/

Hamilton Food Share
(food recovery program for people in need)
https://www.hamiltonfoodshare.org/

Learning Disabilities Association of Halton
https://ldahalton.ca/

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services
http://www.childabusecouncil.on.ca/contact.html

YMCA Hamilton
https://www.ymcahbb.ca/Home

Employment and financial

Credit Counselling Society
https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/ontario/hamilton/credit-counselling.html

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
(credit counselling)
https://www.cfshw.com/credit-counselling

Employment Hamilton
(free employment counselling services)
http://employmenthamilton.com/

Newcomers

Immigrants Working Centre
http://iwchamilton.ca/

Settlement Services – Hamilton
(directory of local programs and services)
https://settlement.org/findhelp/ontario/hamilton/settlement-services/

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

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
(volunteer opportunities)
https://www.n2ncentre.com/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/

Volunteer opportunities – City of Hamilton
https://www.hamilton.ca/jobs-city/volunteer-opportunities

Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
http://habitathamilton.ca/

Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Hamilton”)
https://www.blood.ca/en

Big Brothers Big Sisters
https://haltonhamilton.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/