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. A Big, Strong Man

    Spencer McDonald Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 17 Life is good. I run my own company, give talks on workplace depression to business leaders, and appear on radio and TV. But it wasn't always that way. I' ...

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  2. Men are Dying

    And 'dying' for mental health research! James Hodgins Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 18-19 A Family Tragedy The recent news that two parents and a child had been murdered sent shock waves throughout Toro ...

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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. My Journey

    From blowing up rock to taming bipolar disorder Stewart Ludtke Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 23-24 Dynamite attracts a strange breed of people. One day in 1974, when I was 19 years old, I saw a guy drilling a hol ...

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  5. 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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  6. Too Proud to Ask for Help

    And not knowing when to ask Ian Chovil Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 26 I had an insidious onset of schizophrenia that progressed for nine years. It was so gradual that I lost all my human relationships without an ...

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  7. A Tale of Dysfunctional Child-rearing

    Frank G. Sterle, Jr. Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 24 I always say: too many people who make dysfunctional parents have the most children; meanwhile, many people who might make the best parents decide to liv ...

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  8. My Double Life

    Ian Ross Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 27-28 Rock 'n' Roll Rebel I did well at school and in sports until rock 'n' roll took over my life in 1974. I was 14 and it was the great escape into a g ...

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  9. Nurture over Nature

    Relearning that sharing feelings is healthy Rodney Baker, MA, CPRP Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 22-23 Guys are supposed to know stuff! When I kissed my very first date goodnight, I got a nasty shock. She made an ...

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  10. About a Man Who Suffered Needlessly

    Frank G. Sterle, Jr. Reprinted from "Men's" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 25 Although I have no means to be sure, I believe that Dad’s mental illness was probably within him, or at least dormant, for many years; at least for as f ...

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