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.

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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)
1-800-218-2885

Canadian Mental Health Association – PEI
https://pei.cmha.ca/

Dianne Birt Counselling & Wellness
http://www.dbcounsellingpei.ca/index.php

Local therapists and counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/prince-edward-island

Local anxiety therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/prince-edward-island

Local depression therapists
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/prince-edward-island

Mental Health Walk-In Clinics
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/mental-health-walk-in-clinics

Community Mental Health Services
(directory of mental health services available in different PEI communities)
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/community-mental-health-services

Changeways Core Program
(low mood and depression support)
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/changeways-core-program-dealing-low-mood-and-depression

Coping Skills Program
(distress and chronic stress support)
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/coping-skills-program-distress-and-chronic-stress

Seniors Mental Health Resources
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/seniors-mental-health-resource-teams

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist
http://www.peicpt.com/content/page/aboutpts_home

Find a local chiropractor
https://www.chiropractic.ca/about-chiropractic/find-a-chiro/

Find a local registered massage therapist
http://www.peimta.com/?page=30

Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island
https://alzheimer.ca/en/pei

Canadian Cancer Society – Prince Edward Island
https://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=pe

Health PEI
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/health-pei

Services for seniors
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/seniors

PEI Seniors Guide
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/web-seniors_guide.pdf

P.E.I. Senior Citizens’ Federation
https://www.peiscf.com/

Seniors PEI
(a resource site for seniors)
https://seniorspei.ca/regional-resources/

Families and individuals

Family Service PEI
http://fspei.ca/

Child and family resources and services
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/child-and-family

PEI Family Violence Prevention Services
http://www.fvps.ca/

Women’s Wellness Program & Sexual Health Services
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-pei/womens-wellness-program-sexual-health-services

Local relationship counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/relationship-issues/prince-edward-island

Local divorce counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/prince-edward-island

Local grief counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/prince-edward-island

Emergency support and shelters

Anderson House
(emergency shelter in Charlottetown for women)
https://www.fvps.ca/anderson-house/
24-hour crisis and support line: 1-800-240-9894

Prince Edward Island Rape & Sexual Assault Centre
http://peirsac.org/

Bedford MacDonald House
(men’s shelter in Charlottetown)
https://salvationarmy.ca/maritime/2013/01/29/the-salvation-army-bedford-macdonald-house-celebrates-grand-opening/
(902) 892-9242

The Upper Room Hospitality Ministry
(food bank and soup kitchen in Charlottetown)
https://www.urhm.org/

Information about food banks, caring cupboards and soup kitchens
https://www.charlottetown.ca/UserFiles/Servers/Server_10500298/File/Environment%20and%20Sustainability/Sustainability/Food%20Council/PEI%20Food%20Share%20Food%20Resources%20Guide%20_Nov2016.pdf

Employment and financial

Local career guidance counsellors
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/prince-edward-island

Credit counselling – Family Service PEI
http://fspei.ca/credit-counselling/

Credit Counselling Services of Atlantic Canada
https://www.solveyourdebts.com/

Career Development Services
https://cdspei.ca/

SkillsPEI
(employment services and support)
https://www.skillspei.com/

Newcomers

PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
https://www.peianc.com/

Immigration Supports
(Government of PEI)
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/immigration-supports

Immigrant information
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/immigrate

Newcomer settlement services
https://www.peianc.com/en/newcomer-settlement-services

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

Volunteer PEI
(local volunteer opportunities)
https://volunteerpei.ca/

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI
https://pei.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

Habitat for Humanity PEI
https://www.habitatpei.ca/