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 who live with mental illness and those who want to support us. I do this by combining 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 and a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree from Brandon University. My continuing education has focused on 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 continue my education and advocacy efforts online.
Published Titles from Mental Health @ Home Books
Managing The Depression Puzzle, 2nd Ed.
Managing the Depression Puzzle, Second Edition, is my latest 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 really 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.
A Brief History of Stigma
A Brief History of Stigma is my current work in progress, and will likely be released sometime in 2021.
The book will examine what exactly stigma is, how it’s evolved over time, and how it manifests in different context. That information will be pulled together to identify the most effective ways to challenge and navigate stigma.
This is the tentative cover, although it’s not set in stone yet.
Mini-Ebooks, Exclusively on MH@H
This collection includes four mini-ebooks focused on different forms of therapy:
- acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
- trauma therapy options
Resources for Authors
If you’re thinking about publishing a book, these sites have helpful information.
- Grammarly for Google Docs
- Pomodoro Technique: aims to increase your daily writing word count by chunking work into uninterrupted 25 minute periods and then taking a break
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