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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Bullying at School Can Take the Sunshine Out of Life

    Darlene and Lenette Doskoch Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 15-17 A daughter’s story Hi, my name is Lenette Doskoch and I have generalized anxiety disorder. I don’t know exactly what to write. Remembering what ...

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  4. 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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  5. Educating Youth About Mental Illness

    Shelby Rankel Web-only article from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2) My story I have struggled with mental illness since I was eight years old. For a long time I didn’t even know I had a mental illness. I just thought I had a ‘pro ...

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