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. Interview with Pete Wentz from halfofus.com

    Pete Wentz Web-only article from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 4 (3) Beginnings I started doing music when I was about fourteen, and it got serious actually when I transferred into DePaul and I found myself, you know, with like, not ...

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  2. A Triple Threat

    Workplace isolation, West Coast grey and the "black dog" Gwen Marsh Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), pp. 15-16 It was supposed to be an ideal solution. My husband had a new job in a new city. I could k ...

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  3. Return to Work

    Ready or not? Karen Six Web-only article from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3) How long is this gonna take?” I wailed, sobbing so hard that snorts and bubbles of mucus and tears choked and blinded me. “I’m never going to be bac ...

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  4. When Life's Demands Take Their Toll

    Changeways for depression Pat Merrett Reprinted from "CBT" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 6 (1), p. 14   My husband Joe couldn’t figure out why this was happening. He was 58 years old and was sitting in the backyard crying. And it wasn’t the fi ...

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  5. Life Through Depression- Depression Through Life

    Ken Lam, as told to Stephanie Wilson Reprinted from "Immigrants and Refugees" issue of Visions Journal, 2010, 6 (3), p. 14 I was born in 1932, in Hong Kong. I have two older brothers, one younger brother and one younger sister. My father had a s ...

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  6. Postpartum Depression—Fathers Get Hit By It Too

    Albert* Reprinted from "Having a Baby" issue of Visions Journal, 2012, 7 (3), pp. 14-15 At the hospital, Jeanne spent a whole night coping with the pain of labour. After 17 hours of labour, the baby had moved into a dangerous position, and Jeann ...

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  7. The Weight On My Shoulders—And When It Lifted

    Gail Johnson Reprinted from "Having a Baby" issue of Visions Journal, 2012, 7 (3), pp. 19-20 When I was pregnant with my first child, I’d never been happier. Although I’d always been prone to anxiety, I’d overcome much of it by the time I met my ...

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  8. Limitations and Complexities of my Self-Management

    Sarah Hamid-Balma Reprinted from "Self-Management" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, 1 (18), pp. 15-16 I recently learned that my mental disorder (unipolar depression) will be a life-long battle. It was hard to hear, after seven years on medicatio ...

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  9. Art—An Antidote for Depression

    Suzan Milburn Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 21-22 It is August 2003 and the nurses at Willowview mental health treatment centre in Vernon, BC, are scurrying around taking pictures off the walls. And they ar ...

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