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 Path to Wellness

    From psychotic depression to recovery Debbie Sesula Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1(18), pp. 22-23 Part 1: Enslaved by Mental Illness The year is 1988. I was just your average university student struggling thro ...

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  2. When Life's Demands Take Their Toll

    Changeways for depression Pat Merrett Reprinted from "CBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 6 (1), p. 14   My husband Joe couldn’t figure out why this was happening. He was 58 years old and was sitting in the backyard crying. And it wasn’t the fi ...

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  3. Aligning Values and Notions of Self-Worth

    For Harley, taking time off work turned into a year off work, but it was a busy year of therapy and counselling groups, medication trials, treatments and reading. Through this work, he realized that his values and sources of his self-worth didn’t match. L ...

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  4. Limitations and Complexities of my Self-Management

    Sarah Hamid-Balma Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1 (18), pp. 15-16 I recently learned that my mental disorder (unipolar depression) will be a life-long battle. It was hard to hear, after seven years on medicatio ...

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