The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Barrie, ON edition

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or psychological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Lifestyle Citizens’ founder 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 Barrie community geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

Scroll below to download your FREE copy and to find local resources.

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    The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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    Community Resources in the Barrie 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 Barrie 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

    Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
    (24 hours, 7 days a week)
    705-325-9534 or 705-726-7922
    http://telecaredistressline.com/

    Suicide awareness and prevention
    Mental health crisis line: 1-705-728- 5044 or toll-free at 1-888-893-8333
    http://www.starttalking.ca/awareness-prevention/

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County
    https://cmhastarttalking.ca/

    Therapists in Barrie
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/barrie

    Local anxiety counselling
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/barrie

    Local depression counselling
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/barrie

    Local grief counselling
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/barrie

    Physical health

    Alzheimer’s Society of Simcoe County
    http://alzheimer.ca/en/simcoecounty

    Canadian Cancer Society – Simcoe-Muskoka
    http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/simcoe-muskoka-on/?region=on

    Heart & Stroke Foundation
    Phone: 705-737-1020
    https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

    Senior 55+ Services
    (City of Barrie)
    https://www.barrie.ca/Living/RecreationPrograms/Pages/Seniors55.aspx

    Find a local physiotherapist
    https://opa.on.ca/physiotherapists/

    Towards Recovery Clinic
    (formerly The Barrie Addiction Treatment Centre)
    http://www.towardsrecovery.com/clinics/

    Barrie Community Health Centre
    http://www.bchc.ca/

    Family & individuals

    New Path Family & Youth Services
    https://newpath.ca/

    Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions
    (child and family services)
    https://familyconnexions.ca

    Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie
    http://barrieshelter.com/
    Shelter crisis line: 705-728-2544

    Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre
    http://www.huroniatransitionhomes.ca/services-and-programs/athenas/
    24-hour crisis line: 705-737-2008 or 1-800-987-0799

    Simcoe County Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee
    (directory of community services)
    http://www.scvawcc.com/home.aspx/community-services/barrie/

    Barrie Food Bank
    https://www.barriefoodbank.org/

    Simcoe County Food Banks
    https://www.simcoe.com/community-static/2076162-simcoe-county-food-banks/

    YMCA of Simcoe/Barrie
    https://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/

    Employment & financial

    Barrie Career Centre
    http://www.barriecareercentre.com/

    Agilec – Barrie
    (employment services)
    https://agilec.ca/contact/barrie/

    Debt consolidation and credit counselling
    https://www.creditcanada.com/contact-us/barrie

    Credit Counselling Society
    https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/ontario/barrie/credit-counselling.html

    New Canadians

    Immigrant services (YMCA)
    https://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/immigrant-services/

    Settlement.org
    (services in the Barrie area)
    https://settlement.org/findhelp/ontario/barrie/

    County of Simcoe Immigration
    https://immigration.simcoe.ca/

    Barrie Newcomers Club
    https://www.barrienewcomers.ca/

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

    Community Reach
    (volunteer opportunities in Barrie)
    https://communityreach.cioc.ca/volunteer/

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

    Habitat for Humanity Huronia
    https://www.habitathuronia.com/

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barrie & District
    https://barrie.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

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