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.

Personal stories highlight hope and well-being, not treatment advice. Check out the Self-Help Resources section of this site for info sheet and workbooks, and talk to your doctor or health care provider to discuss treatment options that might be a good fit for you.

  1. Everything Is Related

    Unemployment, mental health and addiction—and the need for cooperative action Andy Sibbald Reprinted from "Aboriginal" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 12-14 I lived and worked in the addictions field in Nunavut, the Northwest Territor ...

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  2. Earl Joe's Story

    Donna Panitow Reprinted from "Aboriginal" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 14-15 This story is extracted, with Earl Joe’s permission, from the full-length interview with Earl Joe that was used for making the DVD Aboriginal Journeys in ...

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  3. Banishing the Shame From My Life

    Ron Nunn Reprinted from "Aboriginal People" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 17-18 As a Métis man with bipolar illness, I have worn a mantle of shame—a sackcloth of self-loathing, fear of exposure and a deep sense of failure—for most o ...

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  4. Having It All, Together—A Love Story

    Sara Levy Reprinted from "Having a Baby" issue of Visions Journal, 2012, 7 (3), pp. 10-11 It was May 9, 2010, when I kept thinking, "Why don’t I want to drink?" Finally, at the end of May I found out I was pregnant! If I hadn’t been pr ...

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