Don’t Call Me Crazy

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Date(s) - 05/12/2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mental Health Association in Greensboro


Don’t Call Me Crazy: Using Respectful Language in Mental Health

Language reflects and affects cultural beliefs—it has the power to diminish and to uplift. When it comes to mental health, language has historically been prejudicial, negative, and stigmatizing. Fortunately, mental health language is changing. Why? For one thing, consumers are speaking out against the effects of discriminatory language and partnering with professionals to set mutual goals of language change. Altering old patterns—rejecting terms like “shrink, “the mentally ill, and “addict—takes time but ultimately has a profound positive impact. This workshop helps providers analyze their day-to-day language, learn about person-first language, explore terminology related to suicide, and examine how language change occurs.

Facilitator: Myla Erwin, BA, CPSS

Mental Health Association in Greensboro, Director of Programs


Provider Academy 2015

A series of free workshops for all mental health and substance abuse providers and peer support specialists. Addiction counselors and peer support specialists receive 1.5 NCSAPPB General Skill Building Hours for each session.


Bookings are closed for this event.