The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Calgary, AB 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 Calgary 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 Calgary 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 Calgary 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

    Distress Centre Calgary
    (24-hour crisis line)
    403-266-HELP (4357)

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary

    Youth Addiction and Mental Health – Help4Me

    Alberta Health Services – Addiction & Mental Health
    Addiction helpline: 1-866-332-2322 (24/7)
    Mental health helpline: 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)

    Local therapists

    Anxiety counsellors

    Depression counsellors

    Grief counsellors

    Victim resources – death and bereavement
    (City of Calgary)

    Grief Support Program – Calgary Zone
    (Alberta Health Services)

    Physical health

    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer’s Society of Canada – Alberta

    Canadian Cancer Society – Alberta

    Heart & Stroke Foundation
    (Calgary office)
    119 14 St NW #200, Calgary

    Seniors programs and services
    (City of Calgary)

    Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society

    Kerby Centre for the 55-plus

    Families & individuals

    Calgary Region Child & Family Services

    Ministry of Children’s Services

    The Carya Society of Calgary
    (counselling and development services for families and individuals)

    Divorce therapists in Calgary

    Family conflict therapists in Calgary

    Women’s Centre of Calgary

    Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network
    Sexual abuse/assault assistance: (403) 237-5888 or 1-877-237-5888 (toll-free in Alberta)
    Domestic/relationship abuse assistance: (403) 234-7233 (SAFE) or 1-866-606-7233 (toll-free in Alberta)

    Victim resources – Sexual assault and violence
    (City of Calgary)

    Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCSA)
    Support & information line: 1-877-237-5888

    Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

    The Mustard Seed Shelter

    Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre

    The Calgary Food Bank

    YWCA Calgary

    YMCA Calgary

    Community centres

    Employment & financial

    Calgary Career Counselling

    Calgary employment services
    (Government of Alberta)

    City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre

    Career guidance counsellors in Calgary

    The Credit Counselling Society

    New Canadians

    Immigrant Services Calgary

    Centre for Newcomers

    Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

    The Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth

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

    Propellus – The Volunteer Centre of Calgary

    Volunteer opportunities with the City of Calgary

    Volunteer Connector

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

    Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and Area

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