Local resources. Inspiring stories. Good advice.
Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. And no matter who you are, everybody goes through tough times in their lives.
Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 year old when he experienced his biggest obstacle yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. He survived, and although it was a gruelling ordeal, having cancer taught him a lot about resilience and overcoming whatever obstacles life throws at us.
Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Brantford community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.
Looking for a print version of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook? Purchase your copy here ($20)
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 Brantford 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 Emergency Crisis Line
The Brant Mental Health Crisis Response System
519-759-7188 or 1-866-811-7188
24 hours a day/7 days a week
Canadian Mental Health Association
Brant Haldimand Norfolk
Therapists in Brantford
Anxiety therapists in Brantford
Depression therapists in Brantford
Grief therapists in Brantford
(mental health & addictions)
Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton
Canadian Cancer Society – Hamilton Brant-Norfolk Community Office
Palliative care services
Seniors Guide to Services
Family & individuals
Brantford food banks and cupboards
Local resource centres
Nova Vita Women’s Shelter
519-752-4357 (24 hour crisis line)
(crisis and after hours)
Housing Resource Centre
Youth Resource Centre
Salvation Army Booth Centre
Brantford Welcome In Resource Centre
(homeless men and women)
Housing Resource Centre
(homeless men, women & families)
Laurier Brantford YMCA
Learning disabilities services
Employment & financial
Brant Employment Centre
Career Link Community Employment Centre
Ontario Works Income Support & Employment Services
Services for New Canadians
Newcomer Connections Brantford Brant
YMCA Immigrant Services – Brantford
Helping others overcome obstacles
Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:
Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Brantford”)
Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie