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 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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  2. A Professor's Extra Effort

    York University Stigma Sub-committee Reprint Information 1: Reprinted from "Supported Education" issue of Visions Journal, 2003, No. 17, p. 18 Religious studies professor Patrick Gray had the ideal credentials to accept the challenge of a studen ...

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  3. A Sibling's Story

    A sister's perspective on recovery from addiction From Grief to Action member Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Vsions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 26 I adore my younger brother. He means the world to me. There isn't anything I wouldn ...

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  4. A Sudden Stop

    Medication management taken out of my control Patricia Harding Web-only article from "Medications" issue of Visions Journal, 2007, 4 (2) I want to tell you about something that happened to me. Everyone can learn something from this story, and th ...

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  5. A Tainted Son

    And the redeeming power of a grandmother's love Ganesh* Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (3), pp. 21-23 My journey with addiction and mental health started in my early childhood. My mother and I fled Sri Lanka in ...

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  6. A Tale of Dysfunctional Child-rearing

    Frank G. Sterle, Jr. Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), p. 24 I always say: too many people who make dysfunctional parents have the most children; meanwhile, many people who might make the best parents decide to liv ...

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  7. 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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  8. A Wife's Journey

    Helping a spouse overcome mental illness and re-enter the workforce Laura* Reprinted from "Workplace: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 11 (3), pp. 11-13 For various reasons, my husband Ben* was unable to stay employed for an extended ...

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  9. A Young Person Describes Health Literacy

    Shelley Hine and Chloe* Reprinted from "Health Literacy" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (2), pp.13-14 This article serves as an opportunity to hear from a young person about how they make sense of “health literacy” from their own vantage poin ...

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  10. About a Man Who Suffered Needlessly

    Frank G. Sterle, Jr. Reprinted from "Men's" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 25 Although I have no means to be sure, I believe that Dad’s mental illness was probably within him, or at least dormant, for many years; at least for as f ...

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