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.
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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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more