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. A Journey to Recovery

    Interview by Christina Wong Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, pp. 18-19 This interview relates the experience of a woman who speaks from a dual perspective. Having struggled with an eating disorder, she is ...

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  2. A Journey to Worthy

    The impact and stigma of suicide Brittany Didrich Reprinted from "Recovery: Stigma and Inclusion" issue of Visions Journal, 2017, 13 (1), p. 17 Mental illness has been a part of my life for almost 20 years—most of my existence.   At the age of f ...

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  3. A Lesson for Me, Dear Sister

    Peyton Brooks* Reprinted from "Suicide" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(7), p. 20 I've always had a bit of a fascination with suicide- though not in a dangerously morbid sense. My codependent 'fix it' nature lent itself to relat ...

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  4. A Little Help From My Friend

    The role of unions when a worker has an addiction problem Jude Morrison Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), p. 11 I never thought much about issues of mental illness or addictions in the workplace until I began wor ...

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  5. A Mirror Image?

    Men and mental illness in Canadian and Chinese cultures Cynthia Row Interviewers: Pat Merrett and Vicki Rogers Reprinted from "Men's" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 21 Two men of Chinese heritage were recently interviewed by Pat M ...

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  6. A Mother's Perspective

    Martha Scales Reprinted from "Housing and Homelessness" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (1), pp. 24-25 My story isn't what you might call a "good news" story. Yet, it has elements of very good news. My 40-year-old son is homeles ...

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  7. A Parent's Battle with the 'Monster'- Anorexia

    Jeannie Caldwell Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, p. 20 The toughest challenge of being a parent faced me in 1997. My daughter — my only child — was dying of anorexia nervosa. I wanted her hospitalized to ...

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  8. A Parent's Point of View

    Hazel Gillespie Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 16 As the mother of two girls between the ages 21 and 19, I have found that parenting is very difficult. I was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder when ...

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  9. 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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  10. A Pharmaceutical Sunset With a Side Order of Weight Gain, Please!

    Simone Dina-Blunck Web-only article from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2) By the time I reached my mid-teens, I realized that there was something wrong with me. I just didn’t know what it was. Mental illness was a taboo topic ...

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