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Mental Health Awareness: 10 Terms You Need to Drop From Your Vocab

Words matter. Any intelligent life form with advanced spoken-language abilities would agree that words – and the language we use – have immense power to change and shape who we are and our world itself. So when these insensitive terms slip out, they can be very harmful and hinder someone struggling with mental health. A sad confirmation: a 2007 study found that there are more negative words to describe someone with a mental illness than positive or neutral ones.

But we can all do our part to help create a more inclusive environment just by being more mindful of the terms we use on the daily.

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