The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Brampton, ON edition

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, 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 Brampton 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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    The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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

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    Community Resources in the Brampton 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 Brampton 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

    Peel 24/7 Crisis Support Service
    Toll-free: 888-811-2222

    Mental Health Services for Adults
    (emergency/crisis services)

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin Branch

    Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME)

    Tangerine Walk-In Counselling
    (free service for children, youth and families in Peel Region)

    Local therapists

    Local anxiety therapists
    Local depression therapists

    Local grief counselling

    Physical health

    Alzheimer’s Society of Peel

    Canadian Cancer Society
    (Toronto, Peel & southern York Region)

    Directory of nearby physiotherapists

    Services for seniors
    (City of Brampton)

    Local seniors clubs

    Resources for seniors, their families and caregivers
    (Region of Peel)

    Family & individuals

    Family Services of Peel

    Brampton Meals on Wheels

    Brampton Food Banks

    Brampton shelters

    Find a shelter
    (Region of Peel)

    Brampton Union St. YMCA Centre

    Associated Youth Services of Peel

    Peel Children’s Aid

    Employment & financial

    The Career Doctors – The Family Enhancement Centre
    (career counselling and coaching services)

    ACCES Employment – Brampton

    Credit Counselling Society

    Services for New Canadians

    Newcomer Services in Peel Region

    COSTI Immigrant Services
    (employment services)

    Brampton Multicultural Community Centre

    We Welcome the World
    (welcome centre for new families interested in registering their children in local schools)

    Local opportunities to help others

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

    Volunteer MBC
    (local volunteer opportunities)

    Habitat For Humanity – Greater Toronto Area
    (building in Brampton, Caledon, Toronto & York Region)

    Blood donor clinics
    (search for nearby clinics by location)

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

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