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. Educating Youth About Mental Illness

    Shelby Rankel Web-only article from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2) My story I have struggled with mental illness since I was eight years old. For a long time I didn’t even know I had a mental illness. I just thought I had a ‘pro ...

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  2. My School Years

    The wild ride from basements to bikes Chris Reprinted from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2), pp. 10-11 Much of my life has been a wild ride into mental illness—and a climb out of it. It’s a ride I’m still on and will continue on u ...

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  3. A Parent's Story

    Loving and supporting an anxious son Keli Anderson Reprinted with permission from AnxietyBC's STRIDES newsletter, April 2004, pp. 2-3 There is hope.... There was a time not so long ago (five years ago to be exact), when I thought my 10 year old son w ...

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  4. A Place to Call Their Own

    Donna Murphy Web-only article from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(6) My first impression of the psychiatric unit at our local hospital was much the same as my 17-year-old son Kelly's: we were terrified. I knew that Kelly needed ...

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  5. Isabel's Story

    Isabel Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 18-19 For many years I was unaware of my mental illness. My life was very busy and fast paced. I faced the strains of first generation immigrant adjustment to Canada: at ...

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  6. 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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  7. South Asian Youth

    Addiction: a shared shame Rob Rai Reprinted from "Treatments for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3 (1), p. 12 South Asian youths facing issues of addiction have more than the usual barriers between them and the treatment they requi ...

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  8. Did I need an attitude adjustment!

    Shifting to youth concurrent disorders: A professional story Linda J. Barker, MSW Reprinted from "Treatments for Young People" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3 (1), pp. 13-14 Eight months ago I made a job change after working for 20 years as a ...

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  9. Escaping an Abusive Home

    My journey of self-exploration Jasmine Rakhra Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 13-16 Grade 12 is a pivotal year, as students have to make decisions about what to do after high school, whether ...

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  10. My Journey from Foster Care to Social Work

    Jordanna Southall, BSW Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 17-19 What got me through foster care and has led to my success was having a strong support system through thick and thin. I developed ...

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