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.
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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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more