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:
- How to Create a Storyboard for Your Digital Story (4 minutes)
- How to Create and Open an MP4 File (2 minutes)
- How to Film and Record Your Digital Story (6 minutes)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
- Defining Our Own Recovery: Strategic Sharing and Recovery Messaging for Young People (1 hour, 4 minutes) – February 23, 2017
- Communications, Advocacy, and Storytelling (1 hour, 30 minutes) – June 8, 2016
Access additional video trainings on peer support services, youth and young adults, and other topics.
Share your recovery story at the following websites. Please read the SAMHSA.gov Exit Disclaimer for more information on resources from non-federal websites.