An Unashamed Crazy Guinea Pig Lady

Hello! I’m the human that happens to be attached to these and three other guinea pigs. They run the show, not me.

I’m an official Crazy Person™ by virtue of having lived with major depressive disorder for more than a decade. I’ve had the joy of being shit-kicked a few…


Differences are only bad if society decides they are

As human beings, each of us is more alike than we are different. In fact, we all share 99.9% of the same genes, according to the National Human Genome Research Institute. …


Stigma in the ER

A recent story on CBC GoPublic recently caught my eye. It was about a man who was written off because he was just a psych patient.

In April 2018, David Pontone went to the emergency department at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He was experiencing severe leg pain. He…


Maybe some opinions don’t deserve to see the light of day

Honesty is the best policy, right? I say no, no, no, no. And let’s add on one more no, just for good measure. I would also like to propose two kinds of “honesty”, only one of which I think actually involves honesty.

First, you’ve got things that can be answered…


Should people from marginalized groups be represented by one of their own on film?

Questions around onscreen representation recently came up in both online and in-person interactions, and I wanted to look at it a little more closely, as it wasn’t something I’d given much thought to.

Representation issues

A couple of months ago, I was having a conversation with a close friend. .He gets most…


Vaccines are here, but will people take them?

Ever since COVID-19 swept across the planet earlier this year, the race has been on to develop a vaccine. Now there are two vaccines that are just about ready to go, but there seems to be quite a bit of reluctance when it comes to the prospect of actually getting…


Clearing up some of the myths about self-harm

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a fancy way of saying self-harm behaviour that differentiates it from suicidality. Cutting and burning are the most common methods, but there are a variety of other methods people use, including scratching, burning, and hitting.

The onset of NSSI on average is between ages 11 and…


When parents go to court to exert control

Recently, I read a story in the local news that made me angry (not that that’s unusual lately). A mother had gone to court to try to block her 17-year-old from getting a gender-affirming double mastectomy. …


The slippery slope of narcissistic personality disorder and mental illness stigma

Mental illness stigma is a very real problem. Those of us living with mental illness usually aren’t thrilled when people casually toss around mental illness diagnoses as adjectives, such as “she’s so bipolar” or “he’s so OCD” or “everyone’s a little ADHD.”

And yet, when it comes to narcissistic personality…


Being effective in challenging mental illness stigma

Patrick Corrigan has been my research crush for a number of years now. And what is a research crush, you might ask? I like how his mind works. He’s a psychologist and stigma researcher, with lived experience of mental illness to boot. He’s one of the most prolific publishers in…

Ashley L. Peterson

Mental health blogger | Former MH nurse | Living with depression | Author of 4books, latest is A Brief History of Stigma| mentalhealthathome.org

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