Stories Sought for Visions Magazine

From Sarah Hamid-Balma, Canadian Mental Health Association:

We’re exploring the theme of Young People for the next issue of Visions magazine and for our Experiences section, I’m looking for two stories from young men (aged 13-25). Specifically:

  • an Aboriginal or ethnic-minority young man who has a mental health or substance use recovery story to share
  • any young man with a substance use story to share

Personal story articles in Visions are about one and half pages long (~800 words typed) and written in very informal/plain language as our readership is very diverse. (Visions is read by more than 15000 people; about a third of our readers are people with direct experience of mental health or addictions issues, another third are family members, and the last third are mental health and addiction service providers.)

Anyone can write for Visions. The youth or young adult doesn’t have to be a “writer.” They would receive a $75 honorarium and at least 5 free copies when the issue publishes in early November.  They don’t have to publish their full name with the story if they don’t want. We do archive stories online after they’re published.
In personal story articles we want to know the arc of someone’s recovery story. So what I’d want them to write about would be when did things start to feel bad, what did it look like to them/others, what did they/others do, and most importantly what really didn’t help and what really did help them feel better. And what would they want to tell other people their age based on the wisdom they have now. Or what would they want  doctors/counselors/parents reading to know. All in an informal tone, like a blog!
The deadline would be early August. (If they’re on vacation this month and need more time, that could work; just let me know what deadline would work).
**I need to hear from someone and confirm them before they start writing. Especially since I may be getting nibbles from a few people at once. They can email me at**

In case they’ve never heard of it, Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal is an award-winning, policy-to-practice magazine of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information. The BC Partners is a group of provincial mental health and addictions agencies in BC including Anxiety BC, BC Schizophrenia Society, Canadian Mental Health Association’s BC Division, Centre for Addiction Research of BC at UVic, FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health Care, Jessie’s Legacy Program of Family Services of the North Shore (provincial eating disorders prevention program), and Mood Disorders Association of BC. The BC Partners and Visions Journal are funded by BC Mental Health and Addictions Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority. Visions is available free to any resident of BC such as people with mental illness or addiction issues, their friends and family, mental health and addictions services providers, MLAs, other concerned citizen groups, libraries, academics and policy-makers. Be sure to check out back issues of Visions at

Sarah Hamid-Balma
Director, Mental Health Promotion

Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
1200 – 1111 Melville Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 3V6

Tel: 1-800-555-8222 or 604-688-3234 ext. 225
Fax: 604-688-3236

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