The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Edmonton, AB 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 Edmonton community geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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    Community Resources in the Edmonton 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 Edmonton 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

    Distress line: 780-482-HELP (4357)
    https://edmonton.cmha.ca/programs-services/distress-line/

    Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642 (Toll free)
    (24/7, Alberta-wide)

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region
    https://edmonton.cmha.ca/

    Addiction and mental health services
    (Alberta Health Services)
    https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/amh/amh.aspx

    Therapists in Edmonton (all)
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/ab/edmonton

    Anxiety counselling in Edmonton
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/ab/edmonton

    Depression counselling in Edmonton
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/ab/edmonton

    Grief counselling in Edmonton
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/ab/edmonton

    The Grief & Trauma Healing Centre
    (grief counselling)
    http://www.healmyheart.ca/

    Physical health

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

    Alzheimer’s Society of Canada – Alberta
    https://alzheimer.ca/en/ab

    Canadian Cancer Society – Alberta
    http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=ab

    Kids with Cancer Society
    http://www.kidswithcancer.ca/contact-us/

    Heart & Stroke Foundation – Edmonton office
    5241 Calgary Trail NW #144, Edmonton
    https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

    Support services for seniors
    https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/for_seniors/support-services.aspx

    Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE)
    https://www.mysage.ca/

    Local recreation opportunities for people with disabilities
    https://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/documents/PDF/PeopleWithDisabilitiesRecreationOpportunities.pdf

    Disability services
    (YWCA)
    https://www.ywcaofedmonton.org/programs-and-services/disability-services/

    Family & individuals

    Edmonton Region Child & Family Services
    http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/services-near-you/edmonton-and-area-child-and-family-services-contact-us.html

    The Family Centre
    https://www.the-family-centre.com/

    Local divorce therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/ab/edmonton

    Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton
    24-hour support & info line: 780-423-4121
    https://sace.ca/

    Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services
    https://aasas.ca/get-help/

    University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre
    https://www.ualberta.ca/current-students/sexual-assault-centre

    WIN House
    Edmonton Women’s Shelter
    24/7 helpline: 780-479-0058
    https://winhouse.org/

    Lurana Shelter
    (women’s shelter)
    24-hour crisis line: 780-424-5875
    http://luranashelter.com/

    Edmonton’s Food Bank
    https://edmontonsfoodbank.com/

    YMCA of Northern Alberta
    https://northernalberta.ymca.ca/

    Community and Recreation Centres
    https://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/recreation-leisure-centres-pools.aspx

    Employment and financial

    Edmonton employment Services
    https://www.alberta.ca/edmonton-employment-services.aspx

    Career guidance therapists in Edmonton
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/ab/edmonton

    Credit Counselling Society
    https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/alberta/edmonton/credit-counselling.html

    Money Mentors
    (credit counselling)
    https://moneymentors.ca

    New Canadians

    Edmonton Immigrant Services Association
    http://www.eisa-edmonton.org/

    Directory of organizations in Edmonton for newcomers
    https://www.epl.ca/organizations-in-edmonton-for-newcomers/

    Welcome Centre for Immigrants
    http://wciedmonton.ca/

    New resident programs
    (City of Edmonton)
    https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/programs-new-resident.aspx

    Clareview Multicultural Centre
    http://cmcedmonton.ca/

    Multicultural Family Resource Society
    https://www.mfrsedmonton.org/

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

    Volunteer opportunities with the City of Edmonton
    https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/volunteer-opportunities.aspx

    Volunteer Connector
    https://www.volunteerconnector.org/volunteer/browse/page-1/

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

    Habitat for Humanity Edmonton
    https://www.hfh.org/

    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    https://bgcbigs.ca/

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