In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, this week’s theme from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is acceptance and compassion.
In action, acceptance and compassion produce connectedness and healthy teams. In the field of corrections, it is the interconnectedness of our roles that brings order to disorder and security to peril. Thus, let’s recognize Mental Health Awareness Month by being intentional in our words and actions.
We play a part in one another’s mental wellness.
Language matters. The language we use to talk about mental health can either perpetuate prejudice and discrimination or promote acceptance and compassion. When it comes to mental health, words matter.It is up to each of us to be a lifeline, sharing in a commitment to care for ourselves and those around us.When we use open and compassionate language around mental health issues, we empower ourselves and encourage others to find the help they need.
For more information, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/