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. My Portfolio of Support

    Ian Chovil Reprinted from "Social Support" issue of Visions Journal 2011, 6 (4), p. 14 In the beginning My onset of schizophrenia was what is called “insidious,” meaning a gradual onset of symptoms. For me, this occurred from ages 17 to 25 (betw ...

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  2. It’s Okay to Ask for Help

    Robin Rebeiro Reprinted from "Social Support" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 6 (4), p. 17 I’ve always considered myself a strong person emotionally. The idea of asking for help made me feel that I was somehow weak, and this was a side of myself ...

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  3. 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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