The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Saskatoon, SK edition

The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook:
Saskatoon 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 the Saskatoon area 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 Saskatoon

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 Saskatoon 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

Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service
24-hour crisis line: (306) 933-6200

Mental Health & Addiction Services (adults)

Mental Health & Addiction Services (youth)

Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatoon

Mental Health Services
(Government of Saskatchewan)

Local counsellors and therapists

Local anxiety therapists

Local depression therapists

Physical health

Find a registered massage therapist
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan

Find a local physiotherapist
Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association

Find a local chiropractor
Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Health Region

Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Cancer Agency

Cancer support groups

Breast Cancer Support Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Breast Cancer Connect

Saskatoon Services for Seniors

Senior Services
(Government of Saskatchewan)

Community Volunteer Services
(Meals on Wheels, transportation, shopping)

YMCA Saskatoon

Families and individuals

Family Service Saskatoon

CFS Saskatoon
(programs for kids, youth and adults)

OUT Saskatoon
LGBTQ2S support and services

Family and Social Support
(Government of Saskatchewan)

Local relationship therapists and counsellors

Local divorce therapists

Local grief counsellors

Local child and youth therapists

Leisure/community centres in Saskatoon

Emergency support and shelters

24-hour crisis line

Crisis Shelter & Residence – YWCA Saskatoon
(emergency shelter for women and children)

Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre (SSAIC)

Saskatoon Interval House
(temporary women’s shelter)

Bethany Home

Saskatoon Homelessness
(homelessness resources and services)

Saskatoon Crisis Nursery
(short-term housing for children during family crisis)

Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre

Employment and financial

Credit Counselling Society Saskatoon

Employment & Learning Centre
(YWCA Saskatoon)

Local career counsellors

Finding a job in Saskatoon

(services for people with barriers to employment)


Saskatoon Newcomer Information Centre

Saskatoon Open Door Society

Welcoming Newcomers information
(City of Saskatoon)

New to Saskatoon resources

Saskatoon Newcomers Club

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

United Way Saskatoon’s volunteer database:

Volunteer for the City of Saskatoon

Saskatchewan Health Authority volunteer opportunities

Community Associations

Blood donor clinics
(search for nearby clinics in Saskatoon)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saskatoon

Habitat for Humanity Saskatoon