A Publishing Division of Mental Health Education Group, LLC

We publish original, non-fiction works that focus on the impact of systems of oppression on mental health challenges and recovery.

Writers, artists, researchers, educators, consumers and practitioners with an understanding of systems of oppression and mental health may consider partnering with MH Ed Press to publish a project. Submission criteria will be available in 2019.  


Current Mental Health Ed Press Projects


In Me We Trust: A Discovery of Self After Sexual Trauma by Anna Gulden

The inaugural publication of Mental Health Education Press is a memoir that chronicles the author's recovery from PTSD after being raped by a friend.  It addresses mental health stigma, sexual trauma and recovery within a context of patriarchy and rape culture.  Readers' Favorite rated it 5 out of 5 stars!

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month.  To raise awareness of the RAINN statistic 1 in 6 women will survive a rape or attempted rape in her lifetime, Anna's book is 17% off until April 30th.  

Print Book code: OneInSix

eBook code: eOneInSix

*eBook also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major online retailers.

Visit  https://annagulden.com/ learn more about the author.

Hear from Anna and Jennifer on podcast, Mind Your Body hosted by Orit Krug.

Conversations About Race in Today's Political Context

A qualitative research study that seeks to answer the following questions:

  • What conversations about race are happening given the current political climate?
  • What, if any, influence does the current political leadership/climate have on conversations involving race?
  • How did participants experience conversations about race given the current political climate?
  • In what ways, if at all, did participant conversations vary based on the race of the person with whom they were talking?

Interested in participating in this research?  Click here to access the survey. 

Co-researchers: Drs. LaShauna Dean & Jayne E. Smith

William Paterson University IRB approval # 2019-327 2/05/2019- 2/05/2020 

Press Advisory Council


The Press Advisory Council is a multidisciplinary and diverse group of educators, mental health practitioners and consumers. Their role is to provide guidance on the development of submission criteria and selection of projects. PAC meetings occur quarterly. PAC members are not paid.

LaShauna M. Dean


 Dr. LaShauna M. Dean holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Masters Addiction Counselor. She currently serves as the Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University. Dr. Dean has worked in the field of mental health counseling for over eight years specializing in substance abuse and trauma. Her research agenda and presentation history centers on diversity/multiculturalism, addiction, social justice and communication.   A few IRB approved studies include substance abuse assessment and self-efficacy, developing and validating an original competency scale about rurality bias, and exploring African American and Latino student college decisions. 

Lawrence V. Fitz


 Highlighting 20 years as an education leader and transformational steward of change, Lawrence V. Fitz has worked in educational, corporate, and non-profit environments. His research interests are social & educational justice leadership, focused specifically upon empowerment and inclusivity strategies for students from marginalized and disenfranchised subgroups or communities. Mr. Fitz was awarded a service award of distinction by the California State Senate for his “commitment to inspiring vision and leadership excellence," and recipient of state and national awards for Most Innovative Career Technical Instructional Program.  He is a CTE Instructional Support Coordinator for the Ventura County Office of Education, Principal Consultant at Fitz Consulting Solutions, and candidate for an Ed.D. in Leadership for Educational Justice. 

Darci Manzo Piron


Darci Manzo Piron was raised in the mountains of Southern California where her love of dance began. She earned a B.A. in Ethnology Anthropology and Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She pursued a professional dance career, arts administration and leadership. Mrs. Piron is a dedicated advocate focused on providing access to the arts for all communities.  She has worked with Sundance Institute, Sundance Film Festival, Americans for the Arts, Inner-City Arts, Kidspace Children's Museum, ARTS (A Reason to Survive) and The New Children’s Museum. Raised by educators and changemakers, she continues her family legacy as the Executive Director of 4C LAB, a LA-based non-profit that provides opportunity for young creative visionaries to share their stories through the arts. Mrs. Piron lives with her husband and daughter. 

Brenda Medina Ayala


Brenda Medina Ayala is a first-generation college graduate.  She is passionate about mental health, social justice and education.  Mrs. Ayala’s cultural background and upbringing paved the way for her to pursue higher education and utilize advocacy skills developed at a very young age.  She earned an MA in Clinical Mental Health in 2015 and is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in California.  Self-advocacy allowed her to navigate through multiple barriers as an AB540 student, DACA beneficiary, and mental health professional.  Mrs. Ayala has experience in programmatic supervision, grant program coordination, psychoeducation curriculum development, and serving K-12 students, at-risk adolescents, families and trauma survivors.  She continues to work towards state licensure while enjoying her life as newlywed and writing poetry.

Scott Drain


  Scott Drain was born and raised in Northern California and currently serves as the Director of Student Support Services at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA.  Mr. Drain spent two years living and working as a volunteer on the border between Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua and El Paso, Texas after undergrad. He worked in a shelter for undocumented immigrants and led immersion programs for students and adults. He earned a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling while working in University Ministry where he developed The Romero Center, a faith-based immersion program.  Mr. Drain also sat on the Board of Directors for Rainbow Educators.  Currently, he is the moderator for SCORE, a student-led anti-racism and equity advocacy group.   He is married to Sarah Boland Drain and the couple have two children. 

Sarah Boland Drain


Sarah Boland Drain is from upstate New York. After a formative year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Japan, she graduated with a BA in Communication Studies. She returned to Japan as an English language teacher. Later she took a Counseling Advisor position for over 300 foreign language teachers from around the world where she provided training, cultural and emotional support to her colleagues.  She obtained her MA in Counseling in the U.S. For ten years, she has worked within the CA Community College System. Currently, Mrs. Drain is a personal, career and academic Counselor at Contra Costa College. She has experience in career development, curriculum and program development and has taught several counseling classes focused on career exploration, job search and college success. She and her husband have two children. 

Erica Downs-Karai


 Erica Downs-Karai holds a PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology and has worked in the mental health field for eight years specializing in early childhood trauma. Drawing on training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy , Attachment, Regulation and Competency Framework and psychodynamic therapies, she has treated pregnant women, infants, children and caregivers who've experienced  domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, and attachment difficulties.  Her clinical work resonates deeply with her core belief in healing trauma early, building resiliency and shoring up family systems to create lasting change. Her research include immigration policy, its impact on communities and the impact of maternal stressors on infants and children. Erica lives in California with her husband and her precocious twin toddlers.