The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Bay of Quinte, 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 Bay of Quinte Region geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

Scroll below to download your FREE copy and to find local resources.

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    Download the Bay of Quinte Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

    The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

    Click here to download your FREE copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 2.0 MB]

    Click here to purchase a print version of the handbook ($20)

    Community Resources in the Bay of Quinte Region

    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 Bay of Quinte Region 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

    Crisis Intervention Centre
    24-hour telephone response: 1-888-757-7766

    Addictions and Mental Health Services
    Crisis line: 613-969-7400, ext. 2753

    Assertive Community Treatment Team
    (multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals)

    Children’s Mental Health Services

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Hastings and Prince Edward County

    Counselling Services of Belleville and District

    Directory of local therapists

    Local depression therapists

    Local anxiety therapists

    Local grief therapists

    Physical health

    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County

    Canadian Cancer Society – Hastings-Prince Edward County Community Office

    Community Care for South Hastings
    (serving seniors and adults with physical disabilities)

    Quinte West’s Seniors Drop-In Centre

    Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre

    Families and individuals

    Family Resource and Support
    (services offered through Counselling Services of Belleville & District)

    Children’s Services – County of Hastings

    Parenting programs

    County of Hastings Child Care Programs

    Local divorce counselling

    Local community centres

    Community recreation programs

    YMCA of Central East Ontario

    Gleaners Foodbank

    Hastings Housing Resource Centre

    Shelters and crisis support

    Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District
    24-hour crisis line: 613-967-6300

    Three Oaks Shelter and Services
    (support for abused women and their children)
    24-hour crisis line: 1-800-267-0533

    Alternatives for Women
    (shelter, counselling, housing support and more)
    24-hour crisis line: 613-476-2787

    Red Cedars Shelter
    (a safe place for abused women and their children)

    Victim Services Quinte

    Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
    (Quinte Health Care)

    Employment and financial

    Resolve Credit & Financial Counselling

    META Employment Services

    Community Employment Services

    Career Edge

    Local career guidance counsellors

    New Canadians

    Quinte Immigration Services

    Bay of Quinte Welcome Portal

    Central Eastern Ontario Translation and Interpretation Services

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

    Volunteer & Information Centre of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties
    (local volunteer opportunities)

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

    Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

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