Personal Stories

Personal stories highlight the experiences of people just like you. You’ll find stories from people who experience mental health or substance use problems, people who support a loved one, and people who work in mental health or substance use fields. They share their own experiences and perspectives, and describe their personal journeys to understanding, health and well-being.

  1. The Truth of the Streets

    And my life thereafter... Vance Hughes Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4(1), p. 25 I've been on and off the streets for eight years. Street life is emotional. It breaks my heart to see very young kids (12 to 14 year ...

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  2. Living on the Edge

    1981 to 1991 Lindy Ruth Cunnington Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4(1), p. 23 For the past year I've been working as a volunteer at a homeless shelter here in the Okanagan Valley. When I help people, I remember my ...

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  3. Living With Bekele

    Recovery and relationships in a small family home Medr* Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4(1), pp. 18-19 My wife and I immigrated to Canada as newlyweds so that we would be able to provide a better life for our future fam ...

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  4. Recipes for an SRO

    Maggie* Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4(1), pp. 16-17 There is an unexpected knock at my door, this December day in 2006. It's my brother, who I haven't seen or spoken with in a year. He has quite literally b ...

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  5. Life on the Streets

    Jon Mercier Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4(1), p. 15 I've been on the streets a lot in my life. In my early teens I ran away from home. Now, at the age of 23, I find myself back on the streets for something I nev ...

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  6. Ryan's Story

    Kerry Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 23 My son Ryan came to a tragic end by suicide on January 13, 2002- just 12 days shy of his 27th birthday. He was, by that time, suffering from crystal methamphetamine addic ...

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  7. From Experiences to Actions

    My life as a consumer single mom Dawn Brossard Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 15-16 I feel that, in a sense, I’ve made it through. I am entering a new phase in my life: middle age and becoming a willing gran ...

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  8. Why Did This Happen?

    Witnessing tragedy Brian Chittock, DBA, CFRE Reprinted from "Trauma" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3(3), pp. 16-17 Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks festival will never be the same for me again. The memories I have of July 29, 20 ...

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  9. Smoke-free Success

    Kathryn Lestage, RSW Reprinted from "Tobacco" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3(4), pp. 15-16 At the age of nine, I first shared a pack of stolen cigarettes with three other nine-year-old friends. After that, I would steal cigarettes from my par ...

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  10. The Joys of Smoking

    (Yeah, right) Ronald P. MacIntyre Reprinted from "Tobacco" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3(4), pp. 14-15 I started smoking at nine years of age. I still remember my sister and I getting caught smoking these non-filtered cigarettes in our back ...

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