Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved. This post shares guidance with language extracted from a helpful article called “Recovery Oriented Language Guide: Quick Reference” by Mental Health Coordinating Council. Learn more about abuse at their website mhcc.org.

Language matters

We may be unaware of how the words we use reflect our attitudes and impact those around us. Words can affect a person’s sense of self and make them feel included or excluded. They can convey hope and optimism or a sense of pessimism and low expectations.

When talking or writing about mental health, think about the language you use.