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. Bullying at School Can Take the Sunshine Out of Life

    Darlene and Lenette Doskoch Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 15-17 A daughter’s story Hi, my name is Lenette Doskoch and I have generalized anxiety disorder. I don’t know exactly what to write. Remembering what ...

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  2. Let’s Not Talk About It?

    Teaching teens about substance abuse Andy Sibbald Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp.14-15 In the 1990s, I worked as an alcohol and drug specialist in Inuit communities two to three air hours northeast of Yellowkn ...

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  3. Beyond Cleaning Up Your Own Barf

    Kelli Hewins Reprinted from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (3), pp. 11-12 Giving my head a shake A couple of weeks ago a friend I met at my workplace returned from a trip with a small gift for me. She said the item reminded her of ...

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