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. Adolescent Addiction and Corrections

    My journey David Grant Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 2(8), p.25 By the time I was 16 I had a serious drug problem. My parents knew I was likely to end up with serious mental and physical health problems—if I w ...

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  2. Mental Health in the Courtroom

    One judge’s perspective Judge Judith Gedye Reprinted from "Concurrent Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (8), pp. 21-22 What percentage of court cases have a mental health component? That depends on how mental health is defined. For st ...

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