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

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

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    Community Resources in the Thunder Bay 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 Thunder Bay 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

    Crisis response services
    807-346-8282
    Toll-free: 1-888-269-3100

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay
    https://thunderbay.cmha.ca/

    Adult Mental Health Services
    (Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre)
    http://tbrhsc.net/programs-services/mental-health-program/adult-mental-health-services/

    Directory of local mental health and addictions services
    (Thunder Bay District Health Unit)
    https://www.tbdhu.com/health-topics/mental-health/mental-health-addictions

    Local mental health services for youth
    https://www.tbdhu.com/health-topics/mental-health/mental-health-addictions

    Local maternal mental health services
    https://www.tbdhu.com/health-topics/mental-health/mental-health-addictions

    Therapists in the Thunder Bay area
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/thunder-bay

    Local anxiety counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/thunder-bay

    Local depression counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/thunder-bay

    Physical Health

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

    Alzheimer Society Thunder Bay
    https://alzheimer.ca/en/thunderbay

    Canadian Cancer Society – Thunder Bay & Northwestern Region
    1093 Barton St, Thunder Bay
    http://www.cancer.ca

    Senior services and long-term care
    https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-services/senior-services-and-long-term-care.aspx

    Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre
    https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-services/thunder-bay-55-plus-centre.aspx

    Services for older adults in Thunder Bay
    https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-services/older-adults.aspx

    Meals on Wheels
    https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/city-services/meals-on-wheels.aspx

    Hospice Northwest Services
    (palliative care support, support groups, resources for caregivers, etc.)
    https://www.hospicenorthwest.ca/

    Families & individuals

    The Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay
    https://www.thunderbaycas.ca

    Children’s Centre Thunder Bay
    (support services for children and youth)
    http://www.childrenscentre.ca

    Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
    (family, individual and community services for all Anishinabek people)
    http://www.dilico.com/

    Local community centres
    https://www.thunderbay.ca/en/recreation/community-centres.aspx

    Grieving resources
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/thunder-bay

    Local grief counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/thunder-bay

    Local grief counselling contact information
    http://www.sjcg.net/services/spiritual-care/grief-contacts.aspx

    Local divorce counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/on/thunder-bay

    LGBTQ Resources
    https://www.tbdhu.com/health-topics/sex-sexuality/lgbtq-resources

    Thunder Bay Community & Residential Services
    (Salvation Army)
    https://www.satbcars.com/

    Food programs and services in Thunder Bay
    https://www.tbdhu.com/health-topics/healthy-eating/where-to-get-food-thunder-bay-list-of-food-programs-and-services

    Crisis and Emergency Support

    Shelter House Thunder Bay
    http://www.shelterhouse.on.ca/

    Anishinabe Women’s Crisis Home
    24-hour crisis line: (807) 346-HELP (4357)
    Toll-free: 1-888-200-9997
    http://www.beendigen.com/index.php

    Faye Peterson House
    24-hour crisis Line (807) 345-0450
    Toll Free 1-800-465-6971
    https://fayepeterson.org/

    Employment & Financial

    Thunder Bay Credit Counselling Services
    https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/ontario/thunder-bay/credit-counselling.html

    Credit Counselling Canada
    https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/ontario/thunder-bay/credit-counselling.html

    Northwest Employment Works (NEW)
    (employment services)
    http://www.northwestworks.ca/

    YES Employment Services
    http://www.yesjobsnow.com/

    Anishinabek Employment & Training Services
    https://www.aets.org/

    Newcomers

    Thunder Bay Multicultural Association
    http://www.thunderbay.org/

    Newcomer Settlement Program
    http://www.thunderbay.org/programs-services/newcomer-settlement-program/

    Thunder Bay Public Library – resources for newcomers
    http://www.thunderbay.org/programs-services/newcomer-settlement-program/

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

    Volunteer Thunder Bay
    (local volunteer opportunities)
    https://volunteerthunderbay.com/

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

    Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay
    https://www.habitattbay.com/

    Big Brothers Big Sisters
    (offered through Our Kids Count in Thunder Bay)
    https://www.ourkidscount.ca/

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