My name is Ashley, and mental health plays a huge role in both my work and personal life.  I’m a mental health nurse and former pharmacist, plus I have major depressive disorder, for which I’ve been hospitalized multiple times.  These different perspectives have combined into a pragmatic, holistic, recovery-focused approach to mental health.

I have chosen to share my own experiences to raise awareness about mental health issues and combat stigma.  My work has been published in Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal, Canadian Nurse, the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, and Archives in Psychiatric Nursing.  I’m excited to venture into the blogosphere.

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.  I would love to hear what you have to say or what you would like to see me write about.  Let’s start this conversation!  And I’ll warn you…  my pet guinea pigs will jump into the conversation at any possible opportunity 🐹

I have signed the following pledges related to mental health:

  • Stigma Free Zone     Stigma Free Zone logo
  • Active Minds Mental Health Unity   Active Minds Mental Health Unity pledge


  • Change Your Mind     Change Your Mind anti stigma logo


  • Make It OK     Make It Ok logo


  • Stamp Out Stigma    Stamp Out Stigma logo
  • Grassroots Suicide Prevention: Tell Me pledge Grassroots Suicide Prevention tell me pledge
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada Recovery Declaration     Mental Health Commission of Canada Recovery Declaration logo