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. The Art of Conversation as Healing?

    Jay Peachy Reprinted from "Culture" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 9 (4), p. 10 Vancouver’s rich diversity of cultures and natural surroundings seems to create inspiration. Beneath the beauty, however, the city rumbles with darkness. The Downto ...

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  2. Phoenix

    Doreen Marion Gee Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 15-17 I have done my time in hell. But after a lifetime of living with mental illness, I know that hope and recovery always shine like starlight—even in the b ...

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  3. For Better Or For Worse

    Jane* Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 18-20 I grew up in a very happy home and married my husband Larry* when I was 21. Both his parents were alcoholics, but none of his six siblings is an alcoholic, nor was ...

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  4. Personal Reflections on Shifting the Conversation to Mental Well-being

    Paola Ardiles Gamboa, MHSc Reprinted from "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (4), pp. 10-11 When I was five years old, I was taken away from everything familiar to me: my home, my roots, my language and my culture. I immigrated to Cana ...

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  5. Living My Life to the Full

    Gary Ings Reprinted from "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (4), pp. 12-13 How did you find out about the course? I was going to a place called Work Zone—I talked to a counsellor there because of my mental health issues, and the counse ...

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  6. The Pursuit of Wellness

    Natalie Jeanne Champagne Reprinted from "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (4), pp. 14-15 Wellness is a strange word when connected to bipolar disorder. Diagnosed with the illness at the age of 12—I’m 27 now—I cannot recall the word be ...

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  7. Aligning Values and Notions of Self-Worth

    Harley Lockhart Reprinted from "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (4), pp. 16-18 It was(n’t) a very good year, in 1994... The year 1994 should have been a good one for me. I had a consistent daily time dedicated to my spiritual relatio ...

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  8. Caring About Others, Caring for Myself

    Isabella* Reprinted from "Wellness" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 7 (4), pp. 19-20 Over the course of my experiences, I’ve had opportunities, both personally and professionally, to interact with many people who are affected by mental health-re ...

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