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. Transitioning from Disability Pension to Full-Time Work

    Scary but liberating Eva* Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), pp. 12-13 I’ve been working toward wellness for the past 14 years. My recovery journey began after I was given a diagnosis of schizophrenia at age 19. I ...

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  2. Insurance Reassurance

    Disability income a must for recovery Ross Taylor Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), pp. 14-15  In 2005, I was in the hospital for six weeks and off work for four months. I cannot imagine trying to get through tha ...

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  3. A Triple Threat

    Workplace isolation, West Coast grey and the "black dog" Gwen Marsh Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), pp. 15-16 It was supposed to be an ideal solution. My husband had a new job in a new city. I could k ...

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  4. The Bottom Line

    There is no health without mental health Arto Tienaho Reprinted from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3), pp. 17-18 Keeping a lid on panic My first panic attack happened when I was 24—at work. My youth had been a mix of laughter, ...

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  5. Return to Work

    Ready or not? Karen Six Web-only article from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3) How long is this gonna take?” I wailed, sobbing so hard that snorts and bubbles of mucus and tears choked and blinded me. “I’m never going to be bac ...

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  6. Taking Care of That Little Girl

    Maureen Lavallee Web-only article from "Workplaces" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (3) For 35 years, I ‘danced’ with the work world. I have no idea how I functioned—but I did. I’ve been squirrel-brained for much of my life. From the time I wa ...

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  7. From Thrills to Ills

    Why smoking pot is risky business Geoffrey Griffiths Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 14  I started smoking pot when I was 13. I was not a happy camper as a kid. School was misery right from the start. I had gr ...

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  8. Cannabis and My Road to Healing

    Kerry Porth Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 16 I was one of those children who simply “fell under the radar”—no one knew I was unwell. I was sexually abused as a child and have suffered from post-traumatic str ...

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  9. Cannabis and Me

    A cautionary tale Anita Smith Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 17  In January 1998, when I was 27, I began hearing voices. The first voices I heard told me they were going to kill me. I literally ran out of the ...

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  10. Alternatives: Miracle Marijuana

    Michelle Rainey Reprinted from "Cannabis" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (4), p. 19 At the tender age of 15 I started to experience severe stomach pain, nausea, cramping and diarrhea; a cycle that, I didn’t know then, would repeat my whole li ...

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