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. Fatherhood, Mental Illness and the River of Humankind

    Bruce Saunders Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 19-20 Ten years ago, as my young son was grappling with the revelation that his dad struggles with manic depression, things took a surprising twist. As we were p ...

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  2. Growing Up with Mental Illness

    An interview Monica Alfreds Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 23-24 Q: What was it like growing up having a father who had a mental illness? The first time I remember my father having an episode was when I was ...

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  3. 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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  4. RESPECT: A rap song for teens

    Noah Davis Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2 (5), p. 19 This exerpt form the rap song RESPECT was written by Noah Davis under the moniker Mosaik. The entire song is performed by the Rubix Project, a collaboration of hip hop ...

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  5. The Tragedy of Self-Medicating: Personal and workplace loss

    Rafe Mair Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2 (5), pp. 28-29 One in five people will have mental health problems in their lifetime. Many now say it’s closer to one in four. What the statistics don’t tell us, however, is how ma ...

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  6. Female-to-Male Youth

    Gail A. Knudson, MD, MPE, FRCPC Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (5), pp. 30-31 Adolescence is a time of excitement, growth and change. An important developmental task in adolescence is separation from parents and creation ...

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