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. On Losing a Teenager to Suicide

    Jude Platzer Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), pp. 27-28 Nell,* just 11 years old, was due home from her trip to Israel. She was returning from an international program similar to one that her older brother Josh had ...

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  2. The Cost of Suicide

    Cynthia Row Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (7), p. 21 Despite a proliferation of information and appeals for public awareness, the subject of suicide—and mental illness and addiction in general—has a way of flying jus ...

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  3. Involving Families to Help Avert Tragedy

    Marguerite Hardin Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (7), p. 22 For many years now, families have been making the case that they need to be involved in the care of loved ones suffering from serious mental illness.  They p ...

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  4. Suicide and Shame in a Southeast Asian Community

    An interview with a friend Mykle Ludvigsen Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (7), pp. 26-27 Imagine what it would be like to lose your only child to something completely preventable. Now imagine what it would feel like i ...

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