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. Adjusting Our Dreams

    Karen Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), pp. 28, 30 Two years ago, when my son Wayne* was 16, he was a handsome, well-rounded young man, destined for a healthy and productive adulthood. He had great talent in his liter ...

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  2. Psychosis

    A parent's perspective Mike Singleton Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 18-19 All parents have a special bond with their children. They conceive and then nurture them, helping them grow toward adulthood. Th ...

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  3. Psychosis on Burnaby Mountain

    What doesn't kill me makes me stronger Dana* Reprinted from "Supported Education" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1(17), pp. 16-17 To its student body, Simon Fraser University's architecture and location — perched high up on Burnaby Mo ...

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  4. Journey to Recovery from First-Episode Psychosis

    Don't wait. Get help early. Tara and Terry-Lee Marttinen Reprinted from "First Responders for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(2), pp. 16-17 Tara’s Story Ten years ago, when I was just 15 years old, I began having very strang ...

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  5. Cannabis and Me

    A cautionary tale Anita Smith Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 17  In January 1998, when I was 27, I began hearing voices. The first voices I heard told me they were going to kill me. I literally ran out of the ...

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  6. Should We Have Been More Aware? A mother and son share their story

    How cannabis changed my life Matt* Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 22 It started in the summer before high school. I mysteriously developed strange vibrations in my neck and head that caused pain and headaches ...

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  7. Two Views of a Cup of Juice

    Jan Lars Jensen Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 24-25 I vividly remember my wife pouring me the cup of homemade grape juice that morning. We sat together in the hospital psych ward, where I had been admitted t ...

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  8. The Mom I Never Knew

    Debbie P Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (3), pp. 19-20 In August 2011, my mother passed away at the age of 80. It was sad for me to lay to rest this woman who had caused the family so much pain—it seemed I would neve ...

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