About

Ashley L Peterson, Blogger & Author

Ashley L Peterson author

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’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 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: How and Why They Do What They Do, which is available on Amazon

I’m also the lead author and editor of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, which will be released in September 9/19.