“Do We Need to End the ‘War’ on Cancer?” | The Guardian
- Battle, beat, enemy, fight, survivor
- Words and phrases to avoid or use sparingly and with explicit caveats, including autism epidemic, chemical imbalance, and genetically determined.
- The problem with full-blown AIDS
- People living with HIV vs. HIV-positive people
- Why activities and groups of people are not high-risk
- Reasons for avoiding the terms unsafe sex or unprotected sex
- The increase in suicides after news reports and depictions of suicide
- Being conscious of inadvertently teaching through excessive detail
- The research showing that people vulnerable to details are also open to suggestions to get help
- Techniques for keeping communication open and reducing strain on the relationship.
- The results of a survey of studies examining the effect of doctors’ terminology on patients’ choice of treatment.
“How We Label People with Mental Illness Influences Tolerance Toward Them” | Medical News Today
- Mentally ill vs. people with mental illness
- How language choice is not simply “political correctness”
- The research findings published in The Journal of Counseling & Development
“Why Words Matter When We’re Talking About Mental Illnesses” (infographic) | Feminism in India
- The words we tend to use and the words we should use for describing feelings vs. mental illness.
- The use of female genital cutting, female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision, mutilation.
“Sanism and the Language of Mental Illness” | Iva Cheung
- The need for mainstream terminology to describe discrimination against people with mental illness
- Sanism vs. mentalism
- Comparison of sanism with other forms of institutionalized discrimination and stigmas, such as Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and racism
“The Trouble With American Views of Female Genital Cutting” | The Society Pages
“Mutilation is, perhaps by definition, the opposite of healing and of what physicians are called to do. Defining [female genital cutting] this way allows, and even demands, that we wholly condemn the practices, take a zero tolerance stance, and refuse to entertain any other point of view. Paradoxically, this has been devastating for efforts to reduce genital cutting.”
“Why ‘Substance Abuse’ Is a Label We Should All Reject” | Pacific Standard
- Person with substance use disorder vs. substance abuser
- BuzzFeed’s Style Guidelines for Writing About Mental Health
- Covering Suicide and Mental Illness | Mindframe National Media Initiative
- Language Matters in Mental Health | Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
- Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide | Reporting on Suicide
- Reporting on Mental Health Conditions | American Psychiatric Association
- TEAM Up’s Mental Health Resources for Journalists