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. From Pain to PTSD

    Running the gamut of CBT Lynda Marie Neilson Reprinted from "CBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 6 (1), p. 12 I had a serious motor vehicle accident nine years ago while working for a very high-paced software company. I was in Ottawa—far from m ...

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  2. Intrusive Thoughts? Not What We'd Planned...

    Jolene H Reprinted from "Having a Baby" issue of Visions Journal, 2012, 7 (3), pp. 10-11 I have a family history of mental illness, so I’ve seen what bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and a "nervous breakdown" can look like close up. I w ...

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  3. Graduating from Panic U

    Brittany Davis Reprinted from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (3), pp. 14-15 I have struggled with anxiety for the past four years. I survived my first year at Simon Fraser University without any problems. I used to be the carefree ...

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