Recovery Orientated Language Guide 2nd edition

An essential resource for mental health and human services that demonstrates the importance of using trauma-informed recovery-oriented language through the provision of examples as well new information that includes:

  • Concepts of recovery across the lifespan
  • Cultural diversity
  • Talking about suicide
  • Best practice language guidelines
  • Examples of out-dated language and suggested alternatives


About this edition

This Guide promotes trauma-informed recovery-oriented language and introduces the concept of supported decision-making as integral to its strengths-based approach. This resource is informed by research, conversations with mental health practitioners and most importantly, through listening to people with lived experience concerning their perceptions of recovery.

While the recovery approach applies to everyone, ways of communicating the language of recovery needs to be relevant to people across the lifespan. The Guide now reflects this diversity and includes the perspective of young people coming to terms with experience of mental health as well as older people coming to terms with this identity and associated trauma, grief and loss experiences.