The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Edmonton, 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 Edmonton 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

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    Community Resources in the Edmonton 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 Edmonton 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 line: 780-482-HELP (4357)

    Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642 (Toll free)
    (24/7, Alberta-wide)

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region

    Addiction and mental health services
    (Alberta Health Services)

    Therapists in Edmonton (all)

    Anxiety counselling in Edmonton

    Depression counselling in Edmonton

    Grief counselling in Edmonton

    The Grief & Trauma Healing Centre
    (grief counselling)

    Physical health

    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer’s Society of Canada – Alberta

    Canadian Cancer Society – Alberta

    Kids with Cancer Society

    Heart & Stroke Foundation – Edmonton office
    5241 Calgary Trail NW #144, Edmonton

    Support services for seniors

    Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE)

    Local recreation opportunities for people with disabilities

    Disability services

    Family & individuals

    Edmonton Region Child & Family Services

    The Family Centre

    Local divorce therapists

    Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton
    24-hour support & info line: 780-423-4121

    Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

    University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre

    WIN House
    Edmonton Women’s Shelter
    24/7 helpline: 780-479-0058

    Lurana Shelter
    (women’s shelter)
    24-hour crisis line: 780-424-5875

    Edmonton’s Food Bank

    YMCA of Northern Alberta

    Community and Recreation Centres

    Employment and financial

    Edmonton employment Services

    Career guidance therapists in Edmonton

    Credit Counselling Society

    Money Mentors
    (credit counselling)

    New Canadians

    Edmonton Immigrant Services Association

    Directory of organizations in Edmonton for newcomers

    Welcome Centre for Immigrants

    New resident programs
    (City of Edmonton)

    Clareview Multicultural Centre

    Multicultural Family Resource Society

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

    Volunteer opportunities with the City of Edmonton

    Volunteer Connector

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

    Habitat for Humanity Edmonton

    Big Brothers Big Sisters

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