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Behavioral Health Response:
314-469-6644 or 1-800-811-4760
Life Crisis Services:
Anywhere in the country, call:
1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
5-Minute Breath Exercise
More Support for People-First Language
Mental health advocates enourage everyone to use use "people-first" language. The term refers to speaking and writing in a way that acknowledges the person first, then the condition. It indicates what a person HAS, not what a person IS. For example, one would say, "a person has schizophrenia" rather than "he's schizophrenic." A recent survey confirms that words really do matter. They have the potential to shape the listener's perceptions, as well as, tolerance. Read more in Why You Should Never Use The Term "The Mentally Ill."
Speak Up About Myths
When knowledgeable about the facts, each of us has the potential to speak up when we hear a myth being perpetuated about mental illness. 8 Misconceptions about Mental Health and Mental Illness can help you get familiar with the facts and be part of the solution in ending stigma.
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Talking to Your Child about Violent Trauma
Does Your Parent Have Depression?
Depression can be a sneaky thing, especially for older adults. It's easy to mistake some symptoms of depression as part of the normal slowdown and lifestyle changes that occur as we age. Don't let a treatable condition go unrecognized in your loved ones. Know the subtle cues that can be easily overlooked in 5 Signs Your Parent Is Depressed.
Talk Therapy, Medication, Your Brain
Simple Questions To Help Depression
Whether someone experiences chronic or situational depression, there seems to be value in asking questions in the Socratic form as a helpful coping strategy. Using this method, Psychologist Daniel Strunk is working on a study that identifies The Simple Questions That Really Help People Who Have Depression.
Is Serotonin-Depression Link a Myth?
Are You Hoarding Emotions?
There are times in life when it's difficult to "let go" of emotions attached to past injustices, or even small slights. The emotional response itself is valid, but the negative weight it creates in our mental wellness takes a larger toll and robs us of the happiness we deserve. Learn more about the burden of "holding on" and the value of "letting go" in Are You An Emotional Hoarder?
People First, Please
Using a "People First" approach in our speech and writing can really make a positive difference in how individuals and mental illness are portrayed and perceived. We've paired two very different articles and we link you to a section of our web site, all of which speak to reducing stigma and prejudice.
- In Talking About Mental Health, "People First" Eases Stigma
- Reading Fiction Decreases Prejudice, Increases Empathy
- From the Resources for Media section of our site, here are links to several articles and specific examples of People First language.