#SpeakMindfully Campaign, Children's Health Council TMHI
Mission: raise awareness, reduce stigma, & educate our peers on how to speak mindfully to avoid language that undermines people’s valid experiences with mental illness
Take the pledge & learn more @ www.speakmindfully.org.
CHC's Teen Mental Health Committee is starting a teen campaign to raise awareness on the use of mental health terms in our daily language. Our goal is to educate our peers & community members to speak mindfully. We'd love to share your perspective on this topic, as well as your personal experience in a 2-3 minute video clip. Our goal is to gather many perspectives on this topic - your responses are invaluable!
Submit your video clips to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Related News Articles:
- "These labels give a false simplicity to human behavior. Something very complex boils down to (a generic, psychiatric label)". Read more in the following NBC News article: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2014-year-in-review/shes-ocd-hes-schizo-how-misused-health-lingo-can-harm-n275381
- "The use of the word as a metaphor is tremendously damaging... It's part of the process of creating a stigma around mental illness. You would never hear it used in relation to a physical condition. You wouldn’t hear someone being described as a bit diabetic". The following BBC News article highlights the harm in misusing mental health terms: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-15213824
- "The words have become part of our culture, and are used without understanding of their effect on others". Read more: http://shieldmedia.org/viewpoints/2016/2/15/speak-out-against-misuse-of-mental-health-terms
- "As someone living with a mental illness, there are some things I hear that just hurt. Like when we use names of mental illnesses to describe things that have nothing to do with the illnesses themselves." Read more on The Mighty: https://themighty.com/2016/09/phrases-that-stigmatize-mental-illness-what-not-to-say/