Mental Illness Awareness Week

MIAW: Make It About Words!!


I pledge that as part of Stigma Free in the 603, 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, lost life to suicide
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
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
Daniel Nashua
Thomas Bradford
Marie Nashua
Cinthia Concord
Laurie Belmont
virginia center conway
Debbie Pembroke
en English