About

Ashley L Peterson, Blogger & Author

Ashley L Peterson author

My newest book, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, is now available – see the official book page for details on where to find it!

Welcome!  My name is Ashley L Peterson, and I blog under the username ashleyleia.  Mental health plays a huge role in both my work and personal life.  I’ve been a mental health nurse for 15 years, and am a former pharmacist.  Education has always been important to me, and I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree from Brandon University.  I also have major depressive disorder, for which I’ve been hospitalized multiple times.

I began Mental Health @ Home in October 2017 when I wasn’t working much because of my illness, and I wanted something to do that would give me more of a sense of purpose.  I began blogging having no real idea what I was doing, but I was quickly hooked by the power of writing and the amazing online mental health community.  My blogging approach is to be as genuine as I can be and cut through BS, and there is a mix of personal and educational posts.  Together we can empower each other.

A big part of why I’ve chosen to share my own experiences is to help raise awareness about mental health issues and combat stigma.  The more we talk about mental health and the more places we talk about it the better, on so many levels.  Our voices are the strongest weapon we have in the fight to stop stigma.  Let’s start this conversation and keep it going strong!

I’ve also published articles on a number of different sites, including academic journals; these are all listed in my writing portfolioI write regularly on Medium.com.

A story of mine is included in the upcoming book The Silent Scream, a project by Maria Alfieri, to be released on World Mental Health Day (October 10th, 2019).

I’m the author of Psych Meds Made Simple and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, published by MH@H Books.