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. An Extra Helping Hand

    Supporting those who need it Jamie,* MA Reprinted from "Supported Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2017, 12 (3), p. 20 I have been working in the social science field on and off for about eight years. For the past three, I have been a tenant s ...

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  2. An Unexpected Education

    What I really learned in university Tamsin Bosko* Web-only article from "Campuses" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 4 (3) As a young child, I was terrorized by disaster scenarios running through my head—getting run over by a speeding truck Roadru ...

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  3. And the Cement Cracked and Crumbled Away

    Rosalyn Reprinted from "Stigma" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2(5), pp. 25-26 It was April: the season of rebirth. I stepped out of the hospital and into the sunlight, suddenly aware that I was no longer wearing a puke-coloured gown and dispos ...

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  4. Anorexia

    Treading a thin line Claudia Tianne Chai Reprinted from "Treatments for young people" issue of Visions Journal, 2006, 3(1), pp. 11-12 Some people deeply miss their childhood or high school years. For me, the biggest wave of nostalgia arises when ...

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  5. Arrest or Treatment?

    The Vancouver Police Department speaks up for treatment... Steve Schnitzer Reprinted from "Criminal Justice" issue of Visions Journal, 2005, 2 (8), pp. 23-24 Shouldn’t all people who suffer from mental disorders receive appropriate and timely tr ...

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  6. Art—An Antidote for Depression

    Suzan Milburn Reprinted from "Recovery" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 9 (1), pp. 21-22 It is August 2003 and the nurses at Willowview mental health treatment centre in Vernon, BC, are scurrying around taking pictures off the walls. And they ar ...

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  7. Autumn Leaves on the Family Tree

    Winter Hammell Reprinted from "Families" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (3), pp. 17-18 Family trees are not only one tree, but a forest of trees connected by the roots in the ground they share. Some blossom, and bear fruit. Others produce onl ...

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  8. Backyards to Play In

    Serena Reprinted from "Eating Disorders" issue of Visions Journal, 2002, No. 16, pp. 15-16 ‘Have you gained weight?,” my aunt asked when we met this afternoon. “No.” I attempted to end the conversation before it started. She persisted though, in ...

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  9. Banishing the Shame From My Life

    Ron Nunn Reprinted from "Aboriginal People" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 17-18 As a Métis man with bipolar illness, I have worn a mantle of shame—a sackcloth of self-loathing, fear of exposure and a deep sense of failure—for most o ...

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  10. Being Out About It

    Bruce Saunders I know an artist who works four days a week at an art therapy studio. He keeps a notebook to keep straight who he's told what about what he does with his time. His family and friends all seem to have different stories. He has revealed ...

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