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. Men are Dying

    And 'dying' for mental health research! James Hodgins Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 18-19 A Family Tragedy The recent news that two parents and a child had been murdered sent shock waves throughout Toro ...

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  2. Gavin's Suicide

    A mum's memorial and hope to understand a horrible and secret condition Heather Craig Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 29-30 I write about Gavin, the storyteller, full of wit and intelligence- a passionate ...

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  3. Guilt

    The mother of all feeling Victoria Maxwell, BFA/BPP* Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 20-21 When I was a teenager I blamed my mother for a lot of things: my big ears, my geeky highschool reputation, my lack of ...

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  4. The Mad Muslim

    A South Asian, East African, Middle Eastern perspective on mental illness, abuse and family Farah Tejani, BA, MFA Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(3), pp. 24-26 With culture comes thousands of unwritten rules and regul ...

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  5. Male, Chinese and Immigrant

    Depression while adjusting to a new country: Mental shame runs deep Andrew Lee, MA Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), p. 20 David's Story David is an immigrant in his 30s. He moved from Nanking in China to Vancouver ...

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  6. My Journey

    From blowing up rock to taming bipolar disorder Stewart Ludtke Reprinted from "Men" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 23-24 Dynamite attracts a strange breed of people. One day in 1974, when I was 19 years old, I saw a guy drilling a hol ...

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  7. 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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  8. Bingeing and the Blues

    Victoria Maxwell Reprinted from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(4), pp. 28-29 I'm not picky. I'll mainline sugar, carbs and fats in any form — ideally alternating between scoops of Snow Star Neapolitan ice cream and thick chu ...

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  9. You Are Mother

    Dawn-Marie Tytherleigh Reprinted from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(4), p. 21 Though the pain is overwhelming, my heart knows that I have been the best mother I could be. After all, I am their mother and God chose me to be their moth ...

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  10. My Eating Disorder

    Tough first steps in overcoming bulimia Caitlin M. Reprinted from "Women" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(4), p. 29 Shhhhhhh. Relief settles over my body as I hear the glorious sound of my problems flush down the toilet. I stumble into the bed ...

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