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. Waking Up to Clarity, Wisdom and Gratitude

    How mindfulness practice saved me from myself Yeshe,* RN (retired) Reprinted from "Mindfulness" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 24 I was raised to be a “nice girl” and had a naturally open, compassionate heart. Both of these aspects o ...

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  2. Moulding Mindfulness

    How to maximize the practice of mindfulness for bipolar disorder wellness Jeanne-Michelle Lavigne  Reprinted from "Mindfulness" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 18 I was first introduced to the concept and practice of mindfulness when ...

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  3. Getting Rid of the Hamster

    A clinician’s journey learning mindfulness Susan,* MA, RPsych Reprinted from "Mindfulness" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 21 When we are anxious, it can feel as if we have a hamster running on a wheel in our brain. Our thoughts go ro ...

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  4. “Get Your Motor Running, Head Out on the Highway”

    A mindfulness journey Alexandra Hillman Reprinted from "Mindfulness" issue of Visions Journal, 2016, 12 (2), p. 27 When I was 33 years old, I lost my job. I didn’t see it coming and I was devastated. I struggled with feelings of loss and abandon ...

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