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. I Want a Little Respect

    Patrick Schnerch Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), p. 17 Mental illness is very common. It's a quiet disease, however. Physically, the disability often remains unseen. It's an affliction within one's he ...

    read more
  2. Does a Person Have to Look Sick...

    ... to be considered sick? Kate Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), p. 18 When people, including professionals, think of mental illness, their perception may be of a person who is not taking care of themselves and their ...

    read more
  3. 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 ...

    read more
  4. Stigmas Surrounding Eating Disorders

    Interview Elizabeth Thornton Cronin and Anne Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 27 Elizabeth: In the past you've hesitated about sharing your story. This time, you agreed right away. Why? Anne: I feel I've ...

    read more
  5. Breakdown at Work

    How I was treated when I needed long-term disability coverage Max Danvers* Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), p. 24 I was working for a large chemical waste company as a plant foreman and an on-site union representativ ...

    read more
  6. Stigma and Suicide

    Historical, real or perceived? P. Bonny Ball Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6), pp. 21-22 I vividly remember the weeks immediately after our treasured son's suicide. I remember being wrapped in a cozy blanket of n ...

    read more
  7. Being Out About It

    Bruce Saunders I know an artist who works four days a week at an art therapy studio. He keeps a notebook to keep straight who he's told what about what he does with his time. His family and friends all seem to have different stories. He has revealed ...

    read more
  8. Living with Prejudice

    There are many forms of discrimination faced by the male-to-female (MtF) transsexual, from all areas of society. There are some people who will use religion as a reason to hate us and to discriminate against us. A lot of people snicker, make jokes, yell o ...

    read more
  9. Quirks and Glitches

    Ula-Erin Chauvet Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 22 Wecome to my world, won’t you come on in... My mom is always singing. Say a word or a phrase and she will break into song. This is her quirk. Her mental illn ...

    read more
  10. Treatment Delayed Because I Was Gay?

    In my 45 years of existence, sex between two men in Canada has gone from being a criminal offence and diagnosable mental illness to being an act that “consummates” a marriage recognized by society, government and some churches. Despite these legal, medica ...

    read more

Pages