MH@H Books is the publishing imprint of Mental Health @ Home. I’m Ashley L. Peterson, and I write books about mental illness aimed at both people living with mental illness and those who want to support us. My approach combines my personal and professional experience and knowledge of mental illness and its treatment.
I have bachelor’s degrees in pharmacy and nursing from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree from Brandon University. My continuing education has focused on the use of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of mental illness.
My books take the same pragmatic, candid, cut-though-the-BS tone that you’ll find here on the MH@H blog.
About Ashley L. Peterson
I began my career in health care as a pharmacist in 2002, and quickly returned to school to become a nurse two years later. I specialized in the field of mental health for my entire 15-year career, working with people with serious mental illness in both hospital and community settings.
Two years into my nursing career, I was hospitalized with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. Since then, I’ve been passionate about challenging the stigma around mental illness. I completed a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree in 2015, despite two hospitalizations while in grad school. My thesis work and several related academic journal publications focused on my experience of mental illness within the context of nursing culture. I’m no longer working due to my illness, but I continue my education and advocacy efforts online.
Published Titles from Mental Health @ Home Books
I’m all kinds of excited that you can now find my books through the amazing Powell Books!
A Brief History of Stigma (Coming Soon)
A Brief History of Stigma is my current work in progress, and will likely be released later in 2021.
The book will examine what exactly stigma is, how it’s evolved over time, and how it manifests in different contexts. That information will be pulled together to identify the most effective ways to navigate and challenge and stigma.
Managing The Depression Puzzle, 2nd Ed.
Managing the Depression Puzzle, now in its 2nd Edition, is my third book. As with my previous books, it combines professional knowledge with personal experience.
It takes a very holistic perspective on managing depression – holistic in the true sense, incorporating multiple medical and non-medical strategies to come at the illness from as many angles as possible.
Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis explains the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 in language that is accessible and easy to understand.
What makes this book special is the first-hand narratives from contributors who live with a variety of psychiatric illnesses. These really bring the diagnostic criteria to life, giving a well-rounded perspective on what each illness is actually like.
Psych Meds Made Simple aims to make pharmacology accessible for people who are actually taking (or considering taking) psychiatric medications, in order to empower them to make informed decisions about their treatment.
This was my first book, and it has done remarkably well, regularly ranking in Amazon’s top 10 for sales in books on psychopharmacology.
Mini-Ebooks, Exclusively on MH@H
A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing
Want to pick my brain when it comes to self-publishing? The Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing mini e-book contains all the knowledge and tricks that I’ve picked up from self-publishing three books.
It’s available from the MH@H Download Centre.
Therapy Mini-Ebook Collection
This collection from the MH@H Download Centre includes four mini-ebooks:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Fundamentals
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Fundamentals
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills for Mood Disorders
- PTSD Evidence-Based Treatment Options: An Overview
Sleep Better: The Little Book of Sleep
Sleep Better, available from the MH@H Download Centre, is a mini-ebook that covers a range of strategies, both medical and non-medical, to give you the tools you need to get the best sleep you can.
Resources for Authors
If you’re thinking about publishing a book, you may find these sites helpful.
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