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. Breakdown at Work

    How I was treated when I needed long-term disability coverage Max Danvers* Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), p. 24 I was working for a large chemical waste company as a plant foreman and an on-site union representativ ...

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  2. The Elephant in the Room

    Disclosure and transitions Kyla* Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 11 (3), pp. 22-24 When you live with a mental illness, an elephant is always in the room. Do you disclose what you are going through, and ri ...

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