The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Ottawa, 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 Ottawa area geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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    Community Resources in the Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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 and Addiction Services
    (Ottawa Public Health)
    http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/mental-health-and-addiction-services.aspx

    Distress Centre Ottawa and Region
    http://www.dcottawa.on.ca
    24-hour crisis line: 613-238-3311

    First Nations and Inuit Help Line
    (Hope for Wellness)
    http://www.hopeforwellness.ca
    Crisis line: 1-855-242-3310

    Mental Health Crisis Line
    http://www.crisisline.ca
    613-722-6914

    Youth Services Bureau
    24/7 crisis line
    613-260-2360

    Kids Help Phone
    1-800-668-6868
    http://www.kidshelpphone.ca

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa
    http://ottawa.cmha.ca/
    Mental health helpline: 1-866-531-2600

    Local therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/ottawa

    Depression counsellors in the area
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/ottawa

    Anxiety counsellors in the area
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/ottawa

    Grief counsellors in the area
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/ottawa

    Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region
    http://www.bfo-ottawa.org/

    Physical

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

    Alzheimer Society – Ottawa and Renfrew County
    https://alzheimer.ca/en/ottawa

    Canadian Cancer Society – Ottawa office
    http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/ottawa-on/?region=on

    Guide to services and programs for older adults
    (City of Ottawa)
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/older-adults/guide-services-and-programs-older-adults

    Ottawa Community Support Coalition
    (services for older adults and adults with disabilities)
    http://www.ocsc.ca/en/home

    The Good Companions
    (multi-service seniors’ centre)
    http://thegoodcompanions.ca/

    Help for people with a disability
    (City of Ottawa)
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/employment-and-financial-assistance/help-people-disability

    Family and individuals

    Family Services Ottawa
    http://familyservicesottawa.org/

    Children’s services
    (City of Ottawa)
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/childrens-services

    Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
    https://www.casott.on.ca/

    Local divorce counsellors and therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/on/ottawa

    Ottawa Food Bank
    http://www.ottawafoodbank.ca/

    Halls and community centres
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/halls-and-community-centres

    Recreation facilities
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/recreation-facilities

    Parenting programs
    (Family Services Ottawa)
    http://familyservicesottawa.org/parenting-edge-courses/

    Parenting in Ottawa
    (parenting support and information)
    https://www.parentinginottawa.ca/en/index.aspx

    LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow
    (counselling, support groups, workshops, education)
    http://familyservicesottawa.org/children-youth-and-families/around-the-rainbow/

    The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region
    http://www.ymcaywca.ca/

    Shelters and crisis support

    Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
    http://www.orcc.net
    24/7 crisis line: 613-562-2333

    Cornerstone Housing for Women
    https://www.cornerstonewomen.ca/

    Harmony House
    (second-stage women’s shelter)
    http://www.harmonyhousews.com/

    St. Joe’s Women’s Center
    http://www.stjoeswomenscentre.org/

    Interval House of Ottawa
    https://www.intervalhouseottawa.org/
    24/7 crisis line: 613-234-5181

    Shepherds of Good Hope
    https://www.sghottawa.com/

    The Ottawa Mission
    https://ottawamission.com/

    Employment and financial

    Employment centre and services
    (City of Ottawa)
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/employment-and-financial-assistance/help-finding-job/employment-ontario

    Career guidance counsellors in the Ottawa area
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/on/ottawa

    Employment services
    (YMCA-YWCA)
    http://www.ymcaywca.ca/Adults/employmentservices/

    Employment services
    (Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre)
    http://www.pqchc.com/employment-services/

    Ottawa Career Counselling
    https://capitalchoicecounselling.com/ottawa-counselling-services/workplace-counselling/career-counselling/

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

    Newcomers to Ottawa

    Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
    https://ociso.org/

    Newcomers to Canada: Programs and Services
    (YMCA-YWCA)
    http://www.ymcaywca.ca/Adults/newcomerservices/nic

    Settlement services in Ottawa
    https://settlement.org/findhelp/ontario/ottawa/settlement-services/

    Services and information for immigrants
    (City of Ottawa)
    https://ottawa.ca/en/residents/immigrants

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

    Volunteer Ottawa
    (local volunteer opportunities)
    https://www.volunteerottawa.ca/

    Volunteer opportunities with the City of Ottawa
    https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/get-know-your-city/volunteering

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

    Habitat for Humanity – Greater Ottawa
    https://habitatgo.com/

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
    http://www.bbbso.ca/

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