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. The Truth of the Streets

    And my life thereafter... Vance Hughes Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), p. 25 I've been on and off the streets for eight years. Street life is emotional. It breaks my heart to see very young k ...

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  2. Living on the Edge

    1981 to 1991 Lindy Ruth Cunnington Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), p. 23 For the past year I've been working as a volunteer at a homeless shelter here in the Okanagan Valley. When I help peop ...

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  3. Living With Bekele

    Recovery and relationships in a small family home Medr* Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), pp. 18-19 My wife and I immigrated to Canada as newlyweds so that we would be able to provide a better life ...

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  4. Recipes for an SRO

    Maggie* Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), pp. 16-17 There is an unexpected knock at my door, this December day in 2006. It's my brother, who I haven't seen or spoken with in a year. He has ...

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  5. Life on the Streets

    Jon Mercier Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), p. 15 I've been on the streets a lot in my life. In my early teens I ran away from home. Now, at the age of 23, I find myself back on the streets f ...

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  6. Ryan's Story

    Kerry Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 23 My son Ryan came to a tragic end by suicide on January 13, 2002- just 12 days shy of his 27th birthday. He was, by that time, suffering from crystal methamphetamine addic ...

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  7. From Experiences to Actions

    My life as a consumer single mom Dawn Brossard Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 15-16 I feel that, in a sense, I’ve made it through. I am entering a new phase in my life: middle age and becoming a willing gran ...

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  8. Why Did This Happen?

    Witnessing tragedy Brian Chittock, DBA, CFRE Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 16-17 Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks festival will never be the same for me again. The memories I ...

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  9. Smoke-free Success

    Kathryn Lestage, RSW Reprinted from "Tobacco" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (4), pp. 15-16 At the age of nine, I first shared a pack of stolen cigarettes with three other nine-year-old friends. After that, I would steal cigarettes from my pa ...

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  10. The Joys of Smoking

    (Yeah, right) Ronald P. MacIntyre Reprinted from "Tobacco" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (4), pp. 14-15 I started smoking at nine years of age. I still remember my sister and I getting caught smoking these non-filtered cigarettes in our back ...

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