The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Vancouver, B.C. 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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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 Vancouver 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 Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC
    Mental health support line: 310-6789
    https://crisiscentre.bc.ca/

    Here to Help
    (BC Partners for Mental health & Substance Use Information)
    http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/about-us

    Online crisis support for youth
    https://youthinbc.com/

    Online crisis support for adults
    https://crisiscentrechat.ca/

    Suicide prevention helpline
    1800SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

    Community mental health services
    (Vancouver Coastal Health)
    http://www.vch.ca/your-care/mental-health-substance-use/community-mental-health-services

    Local mental health and substance abuse programs
    http://www.vch.ca/your-care/mental-health-substance-use

    HealthLink BC – Mental health resources
    https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health

    Local therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/bc/vancouver

    Anxiety therapists and counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/bc/vancouver

    Depression therapists and counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/bc/vancouver

    Physical health

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

    Find a local registered massage therapist
    https://www.rmtbc.ca

    Find a local chiropractor
    https://members.bcchiro.com/code/find.php

    Alzheimer Society of B.C.
    https://alzheimer.ca/en/bc

    Canadian Cancer Society – B.C.
    http://www.cancer.ca/en/?region=bc

    Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon
    885 Dunsmuir St Suite #200, Vancouver
    https://www.heartandstroke.ca/

    Deaf, hard of hearing, & deaf-blind well-being program
    http://deafwellbeing.vch.ca/

    Special needs programs
    http://www.kidsvancouver.com/directory/term/14#

    Special needs caregivers in Vancouver
    https://www.care.com/en-ca/profiles/special-needs/vancouver

    Accessibility programs and services
    (City of Vancouver)
    https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/accessible-city.aspx

    Seniors First BC
    http://seniorsfirstbc.ca/

    Seniors’ programs and support
    (City of Vancouver)
    https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/accessible-city.aspx

    Families and individuals

    Family Services of Greater Vancouver
    https://fsgv.ca/

    Family Services North Shore
    http://www.familyservices.bc.ca/

    Vancouver Family Connections
    (community programs for parents, children and youth)
    https://www.vancouverfamilyconnections.org/

    Westcoast Family Centres
    (family programs, workshops, counselling and more)
    https://www.westcoastfamily.org/

    Youth engagement and support
    (City of Vancouver)
    https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/youth.aspx

    Local grief counsellors and therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/bc/vancouver

    BC Bereavement Helpline
    604-738-9950
    http://www.bcbh.ca/

    Lower Mainland Grief Recovery Society
    (grief support groups)
    http://lmgr.ca/

    LGBT2Q+ programs
    http://www.vch.ca/public-health/health-topics-a-z/topics/lgbt2q+
    https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/lgbtq-community.aspx

    Divorce counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/divorce/bc/vancouver

    Emergency shelters and support

    Homeless shelter locations throughout Vancouver
    https://vancouver.ca/people-programs/homeless-shelters.aspx

    Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
    http://dewc.ca/

    Bridge Housing for Women
    https://www.atira.bc.ca/bridge-transition-program-women-0

    Powell Place
    (The Bloom Group)
    http://www.thebloomgroup.org/our-work/women-children/

    The Rice Block
    (housing program for women)
    http://www.atira.bc.ca/rice-block-support-recovery-housing-women

    Greater Vancouver Food Bank
    https://foodbank.bc.ca/

    Find a local food bank
    https://www.foodbanksbc.com/find-a-food-bank/

    Financial and professional

    Career guidance counsellors
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/career-guidance/bc/vancouver

    WorkBC
    (career planning programs)
    https://www.workbc.ca/Jobs-Careers/Explore-Careers/Plan-Your-Career.aspx

    Employment programs and services
    (YWCA Metro Vancouver)
    https://ywcavan.org/programs/employment-programs-services

    Employment services – YMCA of Greater Vancouver
    https://gv.ymca.ca/Programs/Categories/employment-services

    Drive Youth Employment Services
    http://www.driveyouthemployment.ca/

    Vancouver credit counselling
    https://www.nomoredebts.org/canada/bc/vancouver/credit-counselling.html

    Newcomers

    WelcomeBC
    (services and programs for newcomers)
    https://www.welcomebc.ca/Resources-For/Communities-Service-Providers/Services-and-programs-for-newcomers

    MOSAIC B.C.
    (settlement, employment, language, refugee and other programs)
    https://www.mosaicbc.org/

    Getting started in Vancouver
    (resources prepared by Immigrant Services Society of BC)
    https://issbc.org/our-resource/getting-started-in-bc

    Immigrant services
    (YMCA of Greater Vancouver)
    https://gv.ymca.ca/Programs/Categories/immigrant-services

    Newcomer Employment Support Program
    https://www.options.bc.ca/program/newcomer-employment-support-program

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

    Go Volunteer
    (local volunteer opportunities)
    https://www.govolunteer.ca/

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

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Vancouver
    https://www.bigbrothersvancouver.com/

    Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
    https://www.habitatgv.ca/

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