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, but I quickly returned to school to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During my 15-year nursing career, I specialized in the field of mental health, working primarily with people with serious and persistent mental illness in both hospital and community settings.
Two years into my nursing career, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Since then, I’ve been passionate about sharing my own experiences to challenge stigma and generate open conversations about mental health and illness.
For my Master of Psychiatric Nursing thesis work, I used a research method called autoethnography to situate my own experiences with mental illness within the context of nursing culture, addressing issues like stigma. I published several papers in peer-reviewed nursing journals based on this work.
Since illness-related disability has brought my nursing career to a close, I’ve shifted my focus to writing and advocacy efforts online.
Published Titles from Mental Health @ Home Books
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 on the Resources page.
Therapy Mini-Ebook Collection
This collection (available on the Resources page) 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 on the Resources page, 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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