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. When the One Responding to Traumas Faces His Own

    A paramedic's story Richard Voigt Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 19-20 Surreal My journey into the world of mental illness started in February 2000 with an ambulance call that should hav ...

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  2. Insurance Reassurance

    Disability income a must for recovery Ross Taylor Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), pp. 14-15  In 2005, I was in the hospital for six weeks and off work for four months. I cannot imagine trying to get through tha ...

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  3. Measures of Our Worth

    Frank G. Sterle, Jr. Reprinted from "Income" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (2), p. 13 “What do you do?” “What do you mean?” I reply. “I mean, what do you do for a living—what’s your job?” Already I can see the conventional mindset about to c ...

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  4. Walking a Financial Tightrope Into the Future

    Trudy * Reprinted from "Income" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (2), p. 15 Our roller-coaster journey began in earnest about seven years ago. After moving to Vancouver on a whim in August 2003, our son Paul* was hospitalized in June 2004 at ag ...

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  5. Enriching Your Income and Your Life

    An effective approach for consumers/survivors David Chernochan Reprinted from "Income" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (2), p. 17 I feel so fortunate to be part of a community of mental health consumers/survivors. In my experience, we cleave t ...

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  6. Bipolar Disorder. Reckless Spending

    Pat Merrett and Marguerite* Reprinted from "Income" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (2), pp. 10-12 Out of control and in the red Marguerite says: “My life is so much better since I cleared up my money problems. Without the tremendous dedicatio ...

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  7. The Ability to Thrive on Disability

    Sandra Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 11 (3), pp. 14-16 My memory is hazy, but that’s part of my mental state. I’ve been in and out of hospital dozens of times with bipolar I, and I received three courses ...

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