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. A Great Group of Women Talk About Coming Out

    Amanda, Angelica, Christine, Mary, Ormira and group facilitators Sharalyn Jordan and Milica Radovanovik Reprinted from "LGBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 6 (2), pp. 16-18 Coming out is not just about telling others that we are lesbian, gay o ...

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  2. Living with Prejudice

    There are many forms of discrimination faced by the male-to-female (MtF) transsexual, from all areas of society. There are some people who will use religion as a reason to hate us and to discriminate against us. A lot of people snicker, make jokes, yell o ...

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  3. Navigating Working Life

    Depression and Gender Transition Stefan de Villiers Reprinted from  "Workplace" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (3), pp. 9-11 It’s a full-time job, except nobody pays you to have it. I was young when it started, 11 years old, maybe even younge ...

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  4. The Light

    Hallucination or spiritual energy? Alexander Singh,* RSW Reprinted from "LGBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, Vol. 6 (2), pp. 14-15 I have a mental illness, I’m gay and I’m a person of colour, from a South Asian community. I belong to a cultura ...

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  5. Treatment Delayed Because I Was Gay?

    Ross Taylor Reprinted from "LGBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 6 (2), pp. 19-20 In my 45 years of existence, sex between two men in Canada has gone from being a criminal offence and diagnosable mental illness to being an act that “consummates ...

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