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. Schizophrenia of My Times

    Walter Beier Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, p. 25 In the past five years, I was given the freedom to ask for the treatment records concerning my schizophrenia, but I didn’t ask. This is my me ...

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  2. Aging with Mental Illness

    May Louie Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, p. 26 We all grow old — like it or not. As one grows older there are many problems. There are physical problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis and st ...

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  3. Sometimes Only on One Wing

    Life and Illness over a 40-year Span Rhea Alexander Reprinted from "Seniors' Mental Health" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 15, pp. 26-27 My name is Rhea. I was born in Fort St. John in 1933. I’ve spent most of my life here in Fort St. ...

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