NAMI NH

Mental Illness Awareness Week

MIAW: Make It About Words!!

PLEDGE AROUND SENSITIVE AND RESPECTFUL LANGUAGE

I pledge that as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week 2018, I will use and role model sensitive and respectful language to help to reduce stigma and increase awareness about mental illness, substance misuse, trauma and suicide. Being mindful of the words we use can promote hope as well as dignity and respect and can encourage people affected by these conditions to seek help and feel supported in their recovery process.

The following are examples of the kinds of language I will use, and the language I will avoid:

Statements and Terms to Avoid:

  • What’s wrong with you?
  • Addict, junkie
  • Person is schizophrenic/bipolar; crazy
  • The mentally Ill
  • Failed suicide attempt
  • Successful, committed, completed suicide

Statements and Terms to Promote:

  • What happened to you?
  • Person with a substance use disorder
  • Person has a (any) mental health condition
  • Persons with mental health conditions
  • Survived a suicide attempt
  • Died by suicide, took one’s own life
This pledge is not about dictating language, but about promoting awareness and sensitivity.

I acknowledge that, by submitting my name on this pledge, I give permission to NAMI NH to post my first name and town to the NAMI NH website listing everyone who has joined the pledge.

First NameCity
Brianna Candia
Marjorie Hanover
Robin Hanover
Anna norwich
Laurie West Lebanon
Toni Norwich
SANDRA HANOVER
Carin Lebanon
Carol Hanover
Kim Dorchester
Donna Grantham
Cynthia Londonderry
Heidi Manchester
Susan Madbury
Michele Merrimack
Stephanie Concord
Brittany Stratham
Sandy Merrimack
Ellen Atkinson
Ashley Stratford
Heidi Farmington
Juli Concord
melissa Epsom
Buddy Concord
Tricia Nashua
en English
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