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Ashley Leia Peterson
MARCH 15, 1979 – OCTOBER 9, 2022
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It is with immense sadness that I write this. For those who have not heard, the wonderful Ashley Peterson, who blogged at Mental Health At Home, has passed away.
Ashley lived with mental illness. She went through many frustrations and challenges with her healthcare, from difficult receptionists to ignorant medical professionals. She was hospitalised and tried many medications for intractable depression. In the end, she felt it was her time to go. It would be selfish to not allow her the escape from her mental hell, but it doesn’t make the news of her suicide any more bearable.
Ashley was highly intelligent. She wrote on her blog primarily about psychological concepts, mental health and illness, and social phenomenons. She less regularly wrote about herself, through a weekly update, which often included sweet photos of her guinea pigs, and the occasional look at her history or her travelling adventures. Even in the clutches of depression, she still managed to regularly write the most intelligent, educational blog posts. There were also some hilarious observational posts that had me in tears with laughter, such as one looking at socially created slang terms for sex. They showcased her sense of humour and proved that you’re never too old to giggle at rude words.
She authored 4 incredible books, putting in immense efforts to bring light to mental health. She even shared the experiences of fellow bloggers to help give them a voice.
Her efforts made a difference. Ashley’s life made a difference in this world. I hope she knew that.
Ashley was funny, quick witted and loved a dose of healthy sarcasm. She was curious and keen to learn. In the months before her death, she was looking at technical applications, like coding and making changes to her blog’s internal infrastructure. A lot of what she said went over my head but she picked it up quickly because she wanted to challenge herself. She was determined.
She was also empathetic, compassionate and reflective. She was so many things. She lived with mental illness, but that wasn’t who she was.
She was a friend to so many of us online. She was always so supportive of other bloggers by reading, commenting and sharing other posts.
I’ve no words significant enough to capture the devastation and depth of this loss.
I’ve no words significant enough to capture what kind of person Ashley was.
Thank you for educating me, making me laugh, supporting me. Thank you for being a friend.
I hope you didn’t feel alone at the end and I hope you knew how much you were loved. I hope more than anything that you are now at peace. I’m not religious, but I’ve prayed just in case. Love you always, my friend. xx
Here’s to Ashley. An awesome person, a talented writer and a wonderful friend. We will always love you and you will never be forgotten. Be at peace.
Ashley’s Gift – Her “Mental Health At Home” Blog & Books
Please do check out Ashley’s blog if you haven’t already. While I’m unsure sure whether her family will continue to host her blog and make it available to view, I hope they do as it’s Ashley’s gift to all who read it.
You can also take a look at the books she authored on Amazon :
- A Brief History of Stigma: Looking for Ways to Move Beyond Mental Illness Stigma
- Managing the Depression Puzzle
- Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5
- Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do
The post from Ashley’s family announcing her passing can be found here. Ashley’s Obituary is also available to view online.
Did you know Ashley? Do you have anything you would like to say about her?
I would like all my online and fellow blogging friends to know that I love you all. Please never feel like you can’t talk to someone about how you are feeling. Reach out if you need help. You matter and we have to hope that there will be brighter days. Hold onto that hope, always.