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 Recovery

    Safety, freedom and friends Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 26-27 As a Chinese woman who suffers from manic-depression (bipolar disorder), I feel that there is a strong social stigma aro ...

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  2. The Mad Muslim

    A South Asian, East African, Middle Eastern perspective on mental illness, abuse and family Farah Tejani, BA, MFA Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 24-26 With culture comes thousands of unwritten rules and regul ...

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  3. Male, Chinese and Immigrant

    Depression while adjusting to a new country: Mental shame runs deep Andrew Lee, MA Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 20 David's Story David is an immigrant in his 30s. He moved from Nanking in China to Vancouver ...

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  4. A Mirror Image?

    Men and mental illness in Canadian and Chinese cultures Cynthia Row Interviewers: Pat Merrett and Vicki Rogers Reprinted from "Men's" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 21 Two men of Chinese heritage were recently interviewed by Pat M ...

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  5. Life Through Depression- Depression Through Life

    Ken Lam, as told to Stephanie Wilson Reprinted from "Immigrants and Refugees" issue of Visions Journal, 2010, 6 (3), p. 14 I was born in 1932, in Hong Kong. I have two older brothers, one younger brother and one younger sister. My father had a s ...

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  6. View From the Ruin

    Julianne Kim Reprinted from "Social Support" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 6(4), p. 11 I came to Canada in 1975 from Seoul, South Korea. I was 19 and too full of bravado to admit anything of the pain, fear and anxiety I felt. I was anxious all ...

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  7. Pretty Girls

    Jolene Friesen Reprinted from "Culture" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (4), p. 15 “Again and again, the same situation for so many years Tethered to a ringing telephone in a room full of mirrors A pretty girl in your bathroom, checking out he ...

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  8. When Words Get in the Way

    Natasja van der Lingen, MA Reprinted from "System Navigation" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 10 (1), pp. 21-23 I am a WorkBC employment services advisor for Beacon Community Services, a multi-service non-profit agency in Victoria, BC. Frequentl ...

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  9. My Angel's Brain Broke Down

    Kam Kuar* Reprinted from "Culture" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (4), p. 12 My dad was raised in a Sikh family in India, the eldest of six children. He came to Canada in 1976, leaving his wife and children (I was three years old) in India un ...

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