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MH@H by Ashley L. Peterson

Mental health begins at home—your home base, your centre, your place of strength and support.

Mental Health @ Home Books: Psych Meds Made Simple, Managing the Depression Puzzle, and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Mental Health @ Home Books

Managing the Depression Puzzle takes a comprehensive approach to depressive illnesses, 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.

author Ashley L. Peterson, creator of Mental Health @ Home

Ashley L. Peterson

Welcome to Mental Health @ Home! I’m Ashley L. Peterson, creator of this blog and author of the titles published by MH@H Books.

I worked as a a mental health nurse for 15 years, and am a former pharmacist. I began my journey as a “crazy” person when I was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder in 2007.


About the Blog

Wondering where to start? Check out the blog index, or you can find the latest blog posts here.

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 health professional and person living with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. The approach is candid, pragmatic, and anti-BS.  

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 across symptom and functional deomains

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. Read more on the rainbow model here.

Mental Health @ Home Store: freebies, ebooks, and mini-ebooks

Stop by the Mental Health @ Home Store for the lowest available price on my ebooks, plus lots of freebies!

The mental illness cutlery drawer: spoons, forks, knives, and more; from Mental Health @ Home

First there was spoon theory. Then there was fork theory. But why stop there when it comes to metaphors that help to capture the experience of chronic mental illness?

You can find out more about the whole mental illness cutlery drawer here.

Psych Meds 101 from Mental Health @ Home

The Psych Meds 101 series covers mood stabilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety meds, and sleep meds.

Ways to share your mental health story

There are plenty of ways to share your mental health story, including the emerging blogger and wounded healer series here on MH@H.


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 to support others in their blogging journey.

Stop mental illness stigma - graphic of a red phoenix
Suicide and mental illness: options to reach out
COVID-19/mental health coping toolkit
Mental health resource directory
social justice & equality

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!

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