The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Peterborough & the Kawarthas 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 Peterborough and the Kawarthas 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 Peterborough and the Kawarthas

    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 Peterborough and the Kawarthas boast 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 Centre of Peterborough
    24/7 support line: 705-745-2273

    Canadian Mental Health Association
    (Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Branch)
    24/7 crisis support line: 1-866-995-9933

    Peterborough Regional Health Centre – Mental Health Services

    Peterborough Family Health Team – Mental Health Programs

    Therapists in the Peterborough area

    Local anxiety therapists

    Local depression therapists

    Physical health

    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes

    Canadian Cancer Society – Peterborough & District

    Heart and Stroke Foundation – Peterborough office
    824 Clonsilla Avenue, Peterborough
    (705) 749-1044

    Hospice Peterborough

    Seniors services
    City of Peterborough

    Seniors Recreation Centres

    Community Care Peterborough
    (programs and services for seniors and adults with physical challenges)

    (addiction treatment services)

    Families and individuals

    Peterborough Family & Child Centres

    Kinark Children and Youth
    (support for children and youth with complex needs)

    Child and Family Services
    (City of Peterborough)

    Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society

    Peterborough Regional Health Centre – Family & Youth Clinic

    Kawartha Food Share – find a local food bank

    Food Calendar
    (information on local food banks and free community meals)

    YWCA Peterborough Haliburton

    Local divorce therapists

    Local grief therapists

    Crisis support and shelters

    Yes Shelter For Youth & Families

    Warming Room
    (homeless shelter and services)

    Brock Mission
    (emergency crisis shelter, food, clothing and support)

    Crossroads Shelter
    YWCA Peterborough Haliburton
    (24-hour emergency shelter and support for women and children fleeing abuse)

    Financial and employment

    Community Counselling Resource Centre
    (credit counselling, housing resources, employee assistance)

    Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough

    Peterborough Employment Resource Centre

    Fleming CREW Employment Centre

    Local career guidance counsellors


    New Canadians Centre Peterborough

    Welcome Peterborough

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

    Local volunteer opportunities

    Blood donor clinics
    (search “Peterborough” for nearby clinics)

    Habitat for Humanity – Peterborough & Kawartha Region

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough

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