The London, Ontario Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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Private In-Home Tutoring for all grades and subjects including Reading, Math, Sciences and French. Our team of tutors are well qualified, background checked and the tutoring takes place at the students’ home for your convenience. We also offer customized programs for all skill levels including special needs, IEP’s, enrichment, help with time management and more. Proudly serving London for 10+ years, with a focus on results and quality service. | 1-877-869-6761

Alfred Counselling Services offers sessions for female individuals that are accessible, affordable and inclusive. If you’re looking to build your self-esteem, develop coping skills or want to set healthier boundaries, then Alfred Counselling Services is the right place for you! Rachel, owner and counsellor is always accepting new clients.

Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a registered psychotherapist can make things better. At HELPPS, we care about your well-being and provide you all the tools you need in order to seize the day and learn how to tackle even the most traumatic circumstances.

Stress? Anxiety? Depression? PTSD? Grief and Loss? ADHD? Relationship issues? Addiction?  We are here to support you!  We all struggle and need a helping hand once in a while. Patricia Berendsen & Associates offers expert counseling services to help you get through tough times.
Book your appointment at or email us at or call 519-619-8801.

Lifemark is a Canada-wide rehabilitation company. Our Wortley Village location offers multiple services including those associated with Wellspring. Our knowledgeable clinicians have a special interest addressing cancer-related barriers such as scarring, deconditioning, fatigue, pain and chemotherapy fog. We look forward to becoming a member of your healthcare team.

Many of us seek help due to feeling unhappy, conflicted and overwhelmed with life. Developing courage to listen and nurture one-self can be difficult. Our focus is to help you make behavioural and emotional changes so that your actions reflect a life that has: more meaning, authentic connections and balance.

In my private psychotherapy practice, I bring 20 years of clinical practice in health care, specializing in oncology, complex grief, loss and trauma. In individual sessions we work through the challenges of living with serious illness towards the deep personal wisdom that can guide us through any situation. | | 519-281-8675

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 London 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 London 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 London 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.

Physical health

Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex

Canadian Cancer Society
(Elgin-Middlesex community office)

Services for seniors

Home and Community Care
(health care services at home)

St. Joseph’s Hospice

Canadian Mental Health Association – Middlesex

Families and individuals

Therapists in London

Grief Therapists in London

Ronald McDonald House
(providing a home away for home for families of sick children)

London Food Bank

Women’s Community House
(shelter for abused women and children)

YMCA of Western Ontario

Learning Disabilities Association of London Region

Children’s Aid Society – London & Middlesex

Employment and financial

London Employment Help Centre

Immigrant, Newcomer & Refugee Services

Credit Counselling Society

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

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

Local volunteer opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

Blood donor clinics
(search for “London” for clinics near you)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of London