The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Hamilton, Ontario edition

Local resources. Inspiring stories. Good advice.

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, obstacles come in all shapes and sizes. And no matter who you are, everybody goes through tough times in their lives.

Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest obstacle yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. He survived, and although it was a gruelling ordeal, having cancer taught him a lot about resilience and overcoming whatever obstacles life throws at us.

Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Hamilton community geared at helping people overcome obstacles.

Download your free copy of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook [PDF 4.0 MB]

Looking for a print version of the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook? Purchase your copy here ($20)

Community Resources

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 Hamilton 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

Canadian Mental Health Association – Hamilton

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
(Hamilton 24-hour crisis line)

Therapists, counsellors & psychologists in Hamilton

Grief counselling in Hamilton

Depression counselling in Hamilton

Anxiety counselling in Hamilton

Quite a Stretch Yoga & Zumba (trauma sensitive yoga)
(offers classes for people with PTSD, people dealing with cronic illness, caregivers facing compassion fatigue, children and adults with ADD/ADHD, and more)

Physical health

Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton

Canadian Cancer Society – Hamilton Brant-Norfolk Community Office

Resources for seniors

Accessible transportation services

Family & individuals

SACHA Sexual Assault Centre
Sexual assault 24-hour support line: 905-525-4162

Hamilton Interval House
(women’s shelter & services)
24-hour support line: 905-387-8881

Native Women’s Centre
(emergency shelter for women)

Good Shepherd Centre
(emergency food and clothing; emergency shelters; homelessness programs; and more)

St. Matthew’s House
(emergency food, housing support, senior services, mental health outreach and more)

The King’s Way Outreach Centre
(emergency food and clothing)

Hamilton Food Share
(food recovery program for people in need)

Learning Disabilities Association of Halton

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services

YMCA Hamilton 

Employment & financial

Credit Counselling Society

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
(credit counselling)

Employment Hamilton
(free employment counselling services)

Services for New Canadians

Immigrants Working Centre

Settlement Services – Hamilton
(directory of local programs and services)

Helping others overcome obstacles

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

Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
(volunteer opportunities)

Volunteer opportunities – City of Hamilton

Habitat for Humanity Hamilton

Blood donor clinics
(for nearby clinics, search “Hamilton”)

Big Brothers Big Sisters