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How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

Language matters when it comes to talking about suicide, particularly when it's mentioned in the media.  Sometimes, though, I wonder if getting too nitpicky about language is counterproductive.  After all, as stigma researcher Patrick Corrigan says, stigma gets attached to labels but is not a product of those labels. On Twitter I recently came across … Continue reading How picky should we be about suicide-related language?

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How do you respond to stigmatized language?

Crazy.  Psycho.  Schizo.  Nutbar.   Mad.  Retard.  Lunatic.  Loony tunes.   Insane.  F***ed in the head.  Bonkers.   Whack job.  Batshit crazy.  Certifiable. These are just a few examples, but when it comes to derogatory mental-health related terms, there are many of them and we hear them often.  Sometimes we even use them ourselves. A … Continue reading How do you respond to stigmatized language?

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