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. Sometimes Only on One Wing

    Life and illness over a 40-year span Rhea Alexander Reprinted from "Seniors" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(15), pp. 26-27 My name is Rhea. I was born in Fort St. John in 1933. I've spent most of my life here in Fort St. John with my par ...

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  2. Caring for the Aged

    Sometimes, denial is the biggest obstacle in treating a mental illness Elizabeth Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 25-26 Over the past years, we as a family have experienced the frustration of watching our moth ...

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  3. Through Sickness and Health

    A wife's account of her husband's mood disorder Sarah Hamid-Balma Reprinted from "Seniors" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(15), pp. 19-20 Verne Smithman, 76, of Langley is proof that depression can strike any gender and any age. In t ...

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  4. Life Through Depression- Depression Through Life

    Ken Lam, as told to Stephanie Wilson Reprinted from "Immigrants and Refugees" issue of Visions Journal, 2010, 6 (3), p. 14 I was born in 1932, in Hong Kong. I have two older brothers, one younger brother and one younger sister. My father had a s ...

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  5. Dealing with Physical and Mental Health Conditions

    Then and Now Barbara Berry Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 17-19 My name is Barbara Berry. I’m 56 yearsold and I’ve lived in Dawson Creek since 1982. Some of you may know me, as I am the p ...

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  6. Through Sickness and Health

    A Wife's Account of her Husband's Mood Disorder Sarah Hamid Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 19-20 Verne Smithman, 76, of Langley is proof that depression can strike any gender an ...

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  7. Coming in From the Cold

    Caregiving for Alzheimer's on Film and in Life Bruce Saunders Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 21-22 About five years ago, I was videotaping an elderly woman’s life story. Her husband ...

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  8. Seniors Caring for Friends and Family in Kelowna

    Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 22-23 In January 2002, CMHA completed a national study of the mental health needs of Canadians aged 65+ and the role home care can and does play in meeting ...

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  9. Moving Seniors Can Be Detrimental to their Mental Health

    Patricia Harding, MSc Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, p. 23 Two things inspired me to write this story: the upheaval that is happening in the lives of many seniors right now, and the need to i ...

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  10. Time and Love

    Gifts to the Caregiver Anne Duggan Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 24-25 There is a gradual nature to the onset of signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease which can be interpreted and ac ...

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