The York Region Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Practical advice.

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The Wounded Healer
Mark Silverstein, Psychotherapist RP(Q)

Carl Jung explains, “Only the wounded therapist heals. It is through surviving the personal pain and turmoil of challenging sufferings that one can acquire great wisdom and healing skills.” In 2010 I was diagnosed with Leukemia. My cancer diagnosis was also the beginning of my transformation towards becoming a psychotherapist.
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The Way We Art provides Art Therapy and Spiritual Direction in individual or group settings, we also provide workshops for first nation reserve, communities, organizations, and churches. The way we art transforms the way we are.

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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 York Region, Ontario 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 York Region, Ontario

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 York Region 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

Crisis Response Services
24/7 crisis line: 1-855-310-COPE (2673)
or (TTY) 1-866-323-7785

Mobile crisis response services
(24/7 face-to-face response)

Short-term crisis beds

One Stop Shop Directory
(directory of local mental health, addictions and housing services)

Canadian Mental Health Association – York & South Simcoe

The Wounded Healer
Mark Silverstein, Psychotherapist RP (Q)

Local therapists

Local anxiety therapists

Local depression therapists

Local grief counselling

Physical health

Find a local physiotherapist

Programs for people with special needs

Alzheimer Society of Canada – York

Canadian Cancer Society
Holland River Community Office

Heart & Stroke Foundation
York South office
14845 Yonge St #201, Aurora, ON

Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place
(adult 55+ programs)

Families and individuals

Family Services York Region
(professional counselling organization)

York Region Children’s Aid Society

York Child Development & Family Services

York Region – children services

Recreation Youth Centre

Women’s Support Network of York Region
24/7 toll-free crisis line: 1-800-263-6734
Crisis text (Thursdays, 6-10pm): 647-492-5188

Yellow Brick House – Community resources
(empowering abused women and children)

Newmarket Food Pantry

The Aurora Food Pantry

York Region Food Network

YMCA of Newmarket

Employment and financial

Employment Resource Centres

Credit counselling in Newmarket

Family & Credit Counselling Services


Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
16655 Yonge St #26, Newmarket, ON

York Region Immigration Portal

Catholic Community Services of York Region
(services for immigrants and refugees)

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

Volunteer opportunities in the Newmarket area

Blood donor clinics
(search “Newmarket” for nearby clinics)

Habitat for Humanity GTA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of York