The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Brantford, Ontario edition

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.

Download your free copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 2.0 MB]

Looking for a print version of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook? Purchase your copy here ($20)

Community Resources

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

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

Rosewood House
(mental health & addictions)

Physical health

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)

Victim services
(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

Immigration portal

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:

Volunteer Brantford

Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Brantford”)

Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie