The Language of Mental Health

It was just a short " chatty" piece in the Guardian. A conversation in the play ground. It was not the mundaneness of  the topic that jarred it was the language. The word "depressed" was used when the meaning was feed up, sad or disappointed. There was reference to people "going insane" and " losing their mind" on social media when "worked up" or "over excited" would have been more accurate.This is the equivalent of using casual  sexist language which I am sure the writer would consider unacceptable and challenge. So disappointing in a week when high profile figures have sought to increase awareness and get people talking about mental health that a Guardian columnist should write in this way.

Blair McPherson www.blairmcpherson.co.uk 
 

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