The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – P.E.I. 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 Prince Edward Island 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 P.E.I.

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, Prince Edward Island 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

Island Helpline
(24/7 crisis support)

Canadian Mental Health Association – PEI

Dianne Birt Counselling & Wellness

Local therapists and counsellors

Local anxiety therapists

Local depression therapists

Mental Health Walk-In Clinics

Community Mental Health Services
(directory of mental health services available in different PEI communities)

Changeways Core Program
(low mood and depression support)

Coping Skills Program
(distress and chronic stress support)

Seniors Mental Health Resources

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist

Find a local chiropractor

Find a local registered massage therapist

Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island

Canadian Cancer Society – Prince Edward Island

Health PEI

Services for seniors

PEI Seniors Guide

P.E.I. Senior Citizens’ Federation

Seniors PEI
(a resource site for seniors)

Families and individuals

Family Service PEI

Child and family resources and services

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services

Women’s Wellness Program & Sexual Health Services

Local relationship counsellors

Local divorce counsellors

Local grief counsellors

Emergency support and shelters

Anderson House
(emergency shelter in Charlottetown for women)
24-hour crisis and support line: 1-800-240-9894

Prince Edward Island Rape & Sexual Assault Centre

Bedford MacDonald House
(men’s shelter in Charlottetown)
(902) 892-9242

The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry
(food bank and soup kitchen in Charlottetown)

Information about food banks, caring cupboards and soup kitchens

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors

Credit counselling – Family Service PEI

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada

Career Development Services

(employment services and support)


PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

Immigration Supports
(Government of PEI)

Immigrant information

Newcomer settlement services

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

Volunteer PEI
(local volunteer opportunities)

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI

Habitat for Humanity PEI