PEERS was very excited to have the opportunity to create a workshop to present at the Active Minds Conference in Sacramento California. Our TAY Leader, Ashley Wiley, as well as our Coordinator II, Bre Williams, and TAY Coordinator, Ashlee Jemmott, conducted a workshop entitled “Language Matters: Changing the Way We Think about Mental Health by Changing the Way We Speak.” We discussed negative language and how it reinforces mental health stigma and discrimination. We also discussed person-first language and strength-based recovery language. There were breakout sessions, including an activity called “Glass Half Empty / Glass Half Full that involved turning deficit-based language into strengths-based recovery language and described how person-first language is empowering.
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