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. Earl Joe's Story

    Donna Panitow Reprinted from "Aboriginal" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 14-15 This story is extracted, with Earl Joe’s permission, from the full-length interview with Earl Joe that was used for making the DVD Aboriginal Journeys in ...

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  2. Educating Youth About Mental Illness

    Shelby Rankel Web-only article from "Schools" issue of Visions Journal, 2009, 5 (2) My story I have struggled with mental illness since I was eight years old. For a long time I didn’t even know I had a mental illness. I just thought I had a ‘pro ...

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  3. Elizabeth Ando's Nightmare

    One mother's obsessive cleaning almost cost her everything Mark Hume Reprinted in "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2) pp. 14-15 At first she seemed like an ultra-domestic housewife. Everything was in its place, the floors were ...

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  4. Enriching Your Income and Your Life

    An effective approach for consumers/survivors David Chernochan Reprinted from "Income" issue of Visions Journal, 2011, 7 (2), p. 17 I feel so fortunate to be part of a community of mental health consumers/survivors. In my experience, we cleave t ...

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  5. Epic 'Fail'

    Salman Husain Reprinted from "Housing" issue of Visions Journal, 2013, 8 (1), pp. 13-14 I am an urban gypsy: born in Islamabad, raised in Hong Kong, educated in New York City. Seven years ago I zigzagged my way from Le Plateau-Mont-Royal in Mont ...

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  6. Escaping an Abusive Home

    My journey of self-exploration Jasmine Rakhra Reprinted from "Young People: Transitions" issue of Visions Journal, 2015, 11 (2), pp. 13-16 Grade 12 is a pivotal year, as students have to make decisions about what to do after high school, whether ...

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  7. Everything Is Related

    Unemployment, mental health and addiction—and the need for cooperative action Andy Sibbald Reprinted from "Aboriginal" issue of Visions Journal, 2008, 5 (1), pp. 12-14 I lived and worked in the addictions field in Nunavut, the Northwest Territor ...

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  8. Family Peer Support

    A vital role in system navigation Moira Hazlehurst Reprinted from "System Navigation" issue of Visions Journal, 2014, 10 (1), p. 18-20 I’m a Parent in Residence (PiR) with The FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health (see sidebar). A PiR is a paren ...

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  9. Family, Friends and Borderline Personality Disorder

    How to support the people you love Laurie Edmundson, BA Reprinted from "Families and Crisis" issue of Visions Journal, 2017, 12 (4), p. 19 I have had mental health problems my entire life. I was the kid who cried a lot and threw temper tantrums, ...

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  10. Fatherhood, Mental Illness and the River of Humankind

    Bruce Saunders Reprinted from "Parenting" issue of Visions Journal, 2004, 2(2), pp. 19-20 Ten years ago, as my young son was grappling with the revelation that his dad struggles with manic depression, things took a surprising twist. As we were p ...

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