For some reason, Americans have a fascination with making serious words into slag. More than I can ever remember, people are using the word “retarded.” It is very upsetting. It’s used to suggest something trivial or negative… two things that mental retardation is not. We’ve attached a lot of stigmas to mental health… and as a result, people shy away from seeking help because “needing” help makes you weak and crazy. Meanwhile, people are being diagnosed and their diagnosis is being taken serious AFTER it is too late. Doesn’t that scare you?
What if we all cared enough to get educated? What if we all cared enough to get help for the people we love? What if we all cared enough to reevaluate how we use terms that support negative stigmas?
- NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Mental Health Support … www.nami.org/
- Mental Health Advocacy Coalition
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