Mental health begins at home—
your home base, your centre, your place of strength and support.
Mental Health @ Home Books titles by Ashley L. Peterson draw on both personal and professional experience to address topics affecting people with mental illness.
Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a comprehensive approach, offering a variety of potential pieces that might fit in an individual’s unique depression puzzle.
Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis combines info about diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5, clinical experience, and first-hand accounts to cut through misconceptions and stigma around mental illness.
Psych Meds Made Simple explains how psychiatric medications work, in terms of both positive and negative effects.
About the Blog
MH@H takes a no-holds-barred look at a wide variety of issues related to mental health. It draws on my dual perspectives as a mental health nurse (and former pharmacist) and person living with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder.
The goal is to raise awareness about mental illness, educate around a wide variety of mental health issues, and create a community where people can feel comfortable speaking openly about mental health without fear of judgment.
Rainbow Model of Mental Illness Functioning
Do you find the term “high-functioning” dismissive? Me too. I put together the rainbow model to capture some of the complexity of mental illness, both in terms of symptoms and functional abilities, which can ebb and flow over time.
You can find out more about the rainbow model here.
The Mental Illness Cutlery Drawer
First there was spoon theory. Then there was fork theory. The mental illness cutlery drawer expands on these metaphors to capture other experiences that are part of living with a chronic mental illness.
You can find out more about the mental illness cutlery drawer here.
Mental Health @ Home Features
At the core of MH@H is mental health and illness. While I personally live with depression, the blog covers a much broader range of mental health topics. There are also detours to other topics, including social justice and pseudoscience, plus blogging resources.
I’m a strong believer in speaking up to stop stigma. Together, we’re a force to be reckoned with.
I’m excited to have you join me on this journey!