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. Ryan's Story

    Kerry Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 23 My son Ryan came to a tragic end by suicide on January 13, 2002- just 12 days shy of his 27th birthday. He was, by that time, suffering from crystal methamphetamine addic ...

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  2. A Lesson for Me, Dear Sister

    Peyton Brooks* Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 20 I've always had a bit of a fascination with suicide- though not in a dangerously morbid sense. My codependent 'fix it' nature lent itself to relat ...

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  3. My First Suicide Attempt

    Faith* Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 18 My 'demons' I knew my illness was developing. I worked in the health system, so knew that isolating myself, having thoughts of despair, frequently complaining ...

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  4. Inside My Suicidal Mind

    Patrick Schnerch Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 18 There is constant conflict between my depression and my will to live. One moment I am at high risk of falling victim to suicide, and the next moment I am ratio ...

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  5. 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 ...

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  6. Jessie's Hope

    A mother's reflection on her daughter's life Diana Budden Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 27-28 I have difficulty saying the word suicide. I have difficulty writing the word. Before my daughter Jessi ...

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  7. 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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  8. Gavin's Suicide

    A mum's memorial and hope to understand a horrible and secret condition Heather Craig Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 29-30 I write about Gavin, the storyteller, full of wit and intelligence- a passionate ...

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  9. Why Did This Happen?

    Witnessing tragedy Brian Chittock, DBA, CFRE Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 16-17 Vancouver's Celebration of Light fireworks festival will never be the same for me again. The memories I ...

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  10. My Best Friend, Jessie

    Caroline O'Brien Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), pp. 25-26 I was introduced to the reality of suicide when I noticed the marks on my best friend's arm. I saw them even though she had tried to hide them un ...

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