January Advocacy Spotlight : Mental Health Awareness

January 28th is Bell Let's Talk Day! Let's start a conversation about Mental Health!



January’s Advocacy Readings are: “Stigma and Discrimination” and “Addressing Stigma”


January 28th is Bell Let's Talk Day, a day to raise awareness, share stories and raise funds for mental health. This month, as we reflect, let us consider the language that we often associate with mental health.


Mental health is a very important part of our well-being. Therefore, it is not helpful when stigmatizing words are used in conversation as they can bring others down. Use person-first language and avoid using language that may promote stereotypes. For instance, try saying “a person living with mental illness” as opposed to saying “a person suffering from mental illness”. Let us get into the practice of using language that is not stigmatizing when we discuss mental health.


Interested in learning more about person-first language, stigma and mental health? Please read the articles below!


https://ontario.cmha.ca/documents/stigma-and-discrimination/


https://www.camh.ca/en/driving-change/addressing-stigma


You can also learn more about Bell Let's Talk Day at: https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/

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