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. 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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  2. The Mad Muslim

    A South Asian, East African, Middle Eastern perspective on mental illness, abuse and family Farah Tejani, BA, MFA Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 24-26 With culture comes thousands of unwritten rules and regul ...

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  3. Combat and Rescue

    Breeding grounds for PTSD Atholl Malcolm, CD1, PhD, RPsych Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 17-19 From 1964 to the early ’80s, I was an air navigator/tactical officer in the Canadian Forces. I ...

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  4. When the One Responding to Traumas Faces His Own

    A paramedic's story Richard Voigt Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 19-20 Surreal My journey into the world of mental illness started in February 2000 with an ambulance call that should hav ...

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  5. Life After Death

    Troy* Web-only article from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3) My father died when I was eight years old. All I can remember is crying for two weeks straight. Going to school during this time was out of the question ...

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  6. The Consuming Beast

    Michael Catney The "beast" has controlled my life for most of the last 10 years. Sure, there were times of clarity, where I could function normally—hold a job, date, enjoy friends, feel as if I was a contributing member of society and not just a ...

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  7. Banishing the Shame From My Life

    Ron Nunn Reprinted from "Aboriginal People" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 17-18 As a Métis man with bipolar illness, I have worn a mantle of shame—a sackcloth of self-loathing, fear of exposure and a deep sense of failure—for most o ...

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  8. Weathering the Storms

    A family's journey through earthquakes, loss and bullying Shabana* Web-only article from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2) Loss upon loss When I inherited the care of two beautiful young girls entering their teenage years, I h ...

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  9. I Might Be Nothing

    Journal writing Lara Gilbert Reprinted from "Trauma and Victimization" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 3 (3), pp. 20-22 July 18th, 1993 I’ve heard the opinion, in general and with regard to myself personally, that people abused as children often ...

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  10. Escaping an Abusive Home

    My journey of self-exploration Jasmine Rakhra Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 13-16 Grade 12 is a pivotal year, as students have to make decisions about what to do after high school, whether ...

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