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Share Your Story

Access resources to help you share personal stories about recovering from mental or substance use disorders.

Sharing stories is a way to connect with people and inspire others who may be struggling with behavioral health conditions. When you share your recovery journey and how your recovery has impacted those around you, you show people they are not alone. Your story can also demonstrate that treatment works and recovery is possible.

Digital Storytelling Guide

Share Your Story: A How-to Guide to Digital Storytelling – 2016 (PDF | 1.4 MB) is an evidence-based guide to help people living with mental or substance use disorders tell their personal stories of recovery in a digital format. The following how-to videos on SAMHSA’s YouTube channel highlight the technology used in creating digital stories:

For questions about the how-to-guide, email Captain Wanda Finch of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Office of Consumer Affairs at wanda.finch@samhsa.hhs.gov. She will refer you to a technical assistance specialist for support.

Storytelling Video Trainings

The following webinars offer additional guidance for sharing your story of recovery:

Access additional video trainings on peer support services, youth and young adults, and other topics.

Storytelling Websites

Share your recovery story at the following websites. Please read the SAMHSA.gov Exit Disclaimer for more information on resources from non-federal websites.

Last Updated: 09/21/2017