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.

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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
    http://www.telecarepeterborough.org/
    24/7 support line: 705-745-2273

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

    Peterborough Regional Health Centre – Mental Health Services
    https://www.prhc.on.ca/cms/regional-mental-health

    Peterborough Family Health Team – Mental Health Programs
    https://www.peterboroughfht.com/i-am-a-patient/program-and-services/mental-health-programs

    Therapists in the Peterborough area
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/peterborough

    Local anxiety therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/peterborough

    Local depression therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/peterborough

    Physical health

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

    Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes
    https://alzheimer.ca/en/pklnh

    Canadian Cancer Society – Peterborough & District
    http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/peterborough-on

    Heart and Stroke Foundation – Peterborough office
    824 Clonsilla Avenue, Peterborough
    https://www.heartandstroke.ca/
    (705) 749-1044

    Hospice Peterborough
    https://www.hospicepeterborough.org/

    Seniors services
    City of Peterborough
    http://www.peterborough.ca/living/seniors.htm

    Seniors Recreation Centres
    http://www.peterborough.ca/Living/Seniors/Seniors_Recreation_Centres.htm

    Community Care Peterborough
    (programs and services for seniors and adults with physical challenges)
    https://www.commcareptbo.org

    FourCAST
    (addiction treatment services)
    http://www.fourcast.ca/

    Families and individuals

    Peterborough Family & Child Centres
    http://ptbocfc.ca/

    Kinark Children and Youth
    (support for children and youth with complex needs)
    https://www.kinark.on.ca/

    Child and Family Services
    (City of Peterborough)
    http://www.peterborough.ca/Living/City_Services/Social_Services/Children_s_Services/Families/Child_and_Family_Services.htm

    Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society
    https://www.khcas.on.ca/

    Peterborough Regional Health Centre – Family & Youth Clinic
    https://www.prhc.on.ca/cms/family-youth-clinic

    Kawartha Food Share – find a local food bank
    http://www.kawarthafoodshare.com/food_banks.html

    Food Calendar
    (information on local food banks and free community meals)
    http://www.peterborough.ca/Living/City_Services/Social_Services/Food_Calendar.htm

    YWCA Peterborough Haliburton
    https://ywcapeterborough.org

    Local divorce therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/peterborough

    Local grief therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/peterborough

    Crisis support and shelters

    Yes Shelter For Youth & Families
    http://yesshelter.ca/

    Warming Room
    (homeless shelter and services)
    https://warmingroom.ca/

    Brock Mission
    (emergency crisis shelter, food, clothing and support)
    http://www.brockmission.ca/brockHome.html

    Crossroads Shelter
    YWCA Peterborough Haliburton
    (24-hour emergency shelter and support for women and children fleeing abuse)
    https://ywcapeterborough.org/get-help/crossroads-shelter/

    Financial and employment

    Community Counselling Resource Centre
    (credit counselling, housing resources, employee assistance)
    http://www.ccrc-ptbo.com/

    Employment Planning & Counselling Peterborough
    https://www.epcjobs.ca/

    Peterborough Employment Resource Centre
    http://www.peterborough.ca/living/city_services/social_services/employment_resources/peterborough_employment_resource_centre.htm

    Fleming CREW Employment Centre
    http://flemingcrew.ca/

    Local career guidance counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/on/peterborough

    Newcomers

    New Canadians Centre Peterborough
    https://nccpeterborough.ca/

    Welcome Peterborough
    http://www.welcomepeterborough.ca/welcome.htm

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

    Local volunteer opportunities
    http://www.ptbocanada.com/volunteer/
    https://www.prhc.on.ca/cms/volunteers

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

    Habitat for Humanity – Peterborough & Kawartha Region
    http://habitatpeterborough.ca/

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough
    https://peterborough.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

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