My name is Ashley, and mental health plays a huge role in both my work and personal life. I’m a mental health nurse and I also have major depressive disorder, for which I’ve been hospitalized multiple times.
I’ve chosen to share my own experiences to raise awareness about mental health issues and combat stigma. My work has been published in Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal, Canadian Nurse, the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Archives in Psychiatric Nursing, and the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
The more we talk about mental health issues the better – on so many levels. It is the strongest weapon we have in the fight against stigma. I would love to hear what you have to say or what you would like to see me write about. Let’s start this conversation! And I’ll warn you… my pet guinea pigs will jump into the conversation at any possible opportunity!
You can also find me in various nooks and crannies on the Internet including:
- I am 1 in 4
- Mental Health Matters
- Respect Yourself
- Stigma Fighters
- The Writing Cooperative
- Time to Change
- Vocal Media: Humans, Petlife, Psyche