People Matter, Words Matter

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People matter and the words we use to describe them or the disorders they have matter. Words can transmit stigma. Studies have shown that people with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders often feel judged, outside and inside the health care system. This can lead them to avoid, delay or stop seeking treatment. The way we talk about people with a behavioral disorder can change lives – in either a positive or negative manner.

You will find downloadable posters that address:

  • Use of Supportive Language That Makes a Person Feel Safe
  • Destigmatizing Language About Suicide
  • Culturally/Racially Aware Language
  • Perceptions about Mental Health Conditions
  • Using People First Language
  • Use of Compassionate SUD Language