The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Ottawa, ON 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 Ottawa area 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 Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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

    Mental Health and Addiction Services
    (Ottawa Public Health)

    Distress Centre Ottawa and Region
    24-hour crisis line: 613-238-3311

    First Nations and Inuit Help Line
    (Hope for Wellness)
    Crisis line: 1-855-242-3310

    Mental Health Crisis Line

    Youth Services Bureau
    24/7 crisis line

    Kids Help Phone

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa
    Mental health helpline: 1-866-531-2600

    Local therapists

    Depression counsellors in the area

    Anxiety counsellors in the area

    Grief counsellors in the area

    Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region


    Find a local physiotherapist

    Alzheimer Society – Ottawa and Renfrew County

    Canadian Cancer Society – Ottawa office

    Guide to services and programs for older adults
    (City of Ottawa)

    Ottawa Community Support Coalition
    (services for older adults and adults with disabilities)

    The Good Companions
    (multi-service seniors’ centre)

    Help for people with a disability
    (City of Ottawa)

    Family and individuals

    Family Services Ottawa

    Children’s services
    (City of Ottawa)

    Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa

    Local divorce counsellors and therapists

    Ottawa Food Bank

    Halls and community centres

    Recreation facilities

    Parenting programs
    (Family Services Ottawa)

    Parenting in Ottawa
    (parenting support and information)

    LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow
    (counselling, support groups, workshops, education)

    The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

    Shelters and crisis support

    Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
    24/7 crisis line: 613-562-2333

    Cornerstone Housing for Women

    Harmony House
    (second-stage women’s shelter)

    St. Joe’s Women’s Center

    Interval House of Ottawa
    24/7 crisis line: 613-234-5181

    Shepherds of Good Hope

    The Ottawa Mission

    Employment and financial

    Employment centre and services
    (City of Ottawa)

    Career guidance counsellors in the Ottawa area

    Employment services

    Employment services
    (Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre)

    Ottawa Career Counselling

    Credit Counselling Society of Ottawa

    Newcomers to Ottawa

    Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

    Newcomers to Canada: Programs and Services

    Settlement services in Ottawa

    Services and information for immigrants
    (City of Ottawa)

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

    Volunteer Ottawa
    (local volunteer opportunities)

    Volunteer opportunities with the City of Ottawa

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

    Habitat for Humanity – Greater Ottawa

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

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