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

    Coming out is not just about telling others that we are lesbian, gay or any other sexual identity. It’s an ongoing process of living our sexualities and bringing them out and into our families, faiths, workplaces and communities. ...

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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. The Light

    I have a mental illness, I’m gay and I’m a person of colour, from a South Asian community. I belong to a cultural community where most people do not accept homosexuality and many people do not understand mental illness. But over the years I’ve found ways ...

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  4. Treatment Delayed Because I Was Gay?

    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” a marriage recognized by society, government and some churches. Despite these legal, medica ...

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