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. More Good Than Harm?

    I don't think so! Howard Fluxgold Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(8), pp. 19-20 It was a damp and windy evening in February 2004 when the phone rang. It was around 9 p.m. I had come to recognize phone cal ...

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  2. Doing Time

    Curtis Arthur Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(8), pp. 18-19 My name is Curtis. I'm a federal inmate doing five years for crimes that I accept full responsibility for; crimes that stem from an eight-year a ...

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  3. How Did You Get Into That?

    Rennie Hoffman Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(8), pp. 17-18 I am retired from one career. When you retire, many things change. Tracks get lost: the people you knew ‘BR’ (before retirement) lose track of you, ...

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  4. Mental Health in the Courtroom

    One judge’s perspective Judge Judith Gedye Reprinted from "Concurrent Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (8), pp. 21-22 What percentage of court cases have a mental health component? That depends on how mental health is defined. For st ...

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  5. Panhandling Restrictions in Vancouver

    Discriminatory and Hypocritical Cynthia Row Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (8), pp. 22-23 Begging for money on the street, otherwise known as panhandling, is an area of increasing vilificaiton in Vancouver, a ...

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  6. Arrest or Treatment?

    The Vancouver Police Department speaks up for treatment... Steve Schnitzer Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (8), pp. 23-24 Shouldn’t all people who suffer from mental disorders receive appropriate and timely tr ...

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  7. Compassion by Law Enforcers

    More Common than May Be Expected Frank G. Sterle, Jr Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (8), pp. 24-26 The police, and the justice system as a whole, are reputed to criminalize rather than recommend treatment for ...

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