Language of Mental Health Recovery

This course explores how language is used within mental health settings and the broader community. How can your language limit or exclude others? How can it challenge, empower and inspire?

Participants will explore the use of language through a range of learning activities and videos, including consumer, carer and worker perspectives on language and mental health.

Who is this for:
  • New and existing mental health workers
  • Consumer or carer peer workers
  • Professionals from non-mental health sectors
  • Families, friends and carers of people experiencing mental health conditions
  • People with lived experience of mental health conditions
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Course topics

  • What is recovery language?
  • The power of language
  • Intent vs impact
  • Recovery-oriented language
  • Person-first language
  • Preferred language
  • Language and stigma

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop awareness of intention and potential impact of choice of words when speaking about, or to, a person or group of people.
  • Demonstrate respect by using a persons’ preferred terms.
  • Improve use of language by avoiding terminology that could be discriminatory or stigmatising.

Technical requirements

  • Best viewed on Desktop/Laptop
  • Windows: Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 1+, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5+
  • Mac: Safari 3+, Firefox +, Google Chrome
  • AND Flash Player 10 or later (