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. A Sibling's Story

    A sister's perspective on recovery from addiction From Grief to Action member Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Vsions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 26 I adore my younger brother. He means the world to me. There isn't anything I wouldn ...

    read more
  2. Little Red Riding Hood in the East End

    Turning her back from drugs Jane Woolfe My grasp has always exceeded my reach. I chastised myself bitterly when I 'dropped the balls.' Drugs softened the pain. Three years ago in the spring of 2003, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Initial ...

    read more
  3. Once Upon a Time in the Big City

    Kristine Sinclair Reprinted from "Aboriginal People" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 19-20 A smart girl, but... Growing up, I was always one of the good kids. Top student, perfect attendance, math awards, honour roll. I graduated earl ...

    read more
  4. Half of My Life

    August* Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 11 (3), pp. 17-19 I will start by saying that I had a very happy childhood. I grew up next to a park, was very active in sports, and had a large circle of friends—ma ...

    read more