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. My Son Sam

    He may have inherited more than he bargained for Tara Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 22-23 I have fraternal twin boys about to turn seventeen. Being sons of mine may turn out to be the most difficult experien ...

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  2. Psychosis

    A parent's perspective Mike Singleton Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 18-19 All parents have a special bond with their children. They conceive and then nurture them, helping them grow toward adulthood. Th ...

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  3. Holding on While Letting Go

    The contradictions of teenage mental illness Pam Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 20-21 Our 16 year-old son had just emerged from his bedroom. For most of the day, he had been agitated and uncommunicative. At o ...

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  4. A Different Kind of Teenage 'Angst'

    Recollecting a Panic-Ridden Adolescence Sarah Reprinted from "Anxiety Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, 1(14), pp.10-11 I have always felt that I've inherited a hypersensitive nervous system from my mother, and she, from her mother ...

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  5. Amrik's Bout with Schizophrenia

    Margaret Little Reprinted from "Treatments" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 14-15 In 2003, at the age of 22, Amrik* had just graduated from a US university with a Computer Engineering degree. He was a normal, well-adjusted young gradua ...

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  6. Journey to Recovery from First-Episode Psychosis

    Don't wait. Get help early. Tara and Terry-Lee Marttinen Reprinted from "First Responders for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(2), pp. 16-17 Tara’s Story Ten years ago, when I was just 15 years old, I began having very strang ...

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  7. FRIENDS—has been a friend

    Michelle Anderson Reprinted from "First Responders for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(2), pp. 19-20 First I feel nauseous; then I think I’m going to throw up. That’s usually what triggers my anxiety attack. I get so worried that ...

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  8. A Parent's Story

    Loving and supporting an anxious son Keli Anderson Reprinted with permission from AnxietyBC's STRIDES newsletter, April 2004, pp. 2-3 There is hope.... There was a time not so long ago (five years ago to be exact), when I thought my 10 year old son w ...

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  9. One Family's Back-to-School Story

    Reprinted from HeretoHelp media release, August 2004 Heading back to school is tough. It can be hard for everyone — young people and their families — and it’s even harder for British Columbia families already facing adversity… The Robertsons of Maple Ridg ...

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  10. My School Years

    The wild ride from basements to bikes Chris Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 10-11 Much of my life has been a wild ride into mental illness—and a climb out of it. It’s a ride I’m still on and will continue on u ...

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