About

Ashley L. Peterson, Blogger & Author

Welcome!  My name is Ashley, 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 I also have major depressive disorder, for which I’ve been hospitalized multiple times.

I’ve chosen to share my own experiences to help raise awareness about mental health issues and combat stigma.  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.  Let’s start this conversation!

I’m the author of Psych Meds Made Simple: How and Why They Do What They Do, which is available on Amazon.  More info is available on my book page.  I’m the lead author and editor of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, which will be released fall 2019.  

A story of mine is included in the upcoming book The Silent Scream, a project by Maria Alfieri to raise funds for mental health charities.  The release date is set for World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2019.

I’ve also published stories on a number of different sites, which are listed in my writing portfolio.