People First Language

Autistic kid….

He committed suicide….

Dude, my ex is psycho!

These are just a few words that are said about people with mental health needs or we believe have a mental health problem. Well, the confusion stops now!  You may think, “Again, with the politically correctness?” However, the people first language isn’t so much about political correctness, but rather how can we communicate about someone who has different physical/mental needs from our own. Basically, how can we be more humane with one another?

The people first language helps us to be aware of those who are different from us and to choose our words wisely while communicating to/about them. Let me use examples of why and how we should choose our words wisely when talking to one another via the Bible:

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18

Let’s choose our language wisely, especially to those with physical/mental disorders. So to help you be on your way, I have below examples of mental/physical language guides that show you what words to use and not use.

 

 

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For more information on the People First Language, click on the websites below:

People First Language

Disability Etiquette: People First Language

Disability Portrayal Issues/Media

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