the way we talk about mental health has a powerful impact on how we perceive it. the words we choose could make the difference for someone deciding whether or not to seek help or share openly about his or her experiences. mental health stigma is real and all around us, and is deeply rooted in the way we describe mental illness.
the american psychiatric association created the following rubric to help journalists report with responsibility about mental illness and suicide. this is a fantastic resource for the general public as well. since one in five americans will experience a mental health issue, updating our language is everyone’s responsibility.