Why “Mental Health” Can Be Insulting to the Mentally Ill

There is a bone of contention in the mental health world. Well, OK, there are many, but one of them is the terms “mental illness” and “mental health”. It seems more politically correct these days to say “mental health”vs. “mental illness”. For example, people have mental health conferences, not mental illness conferences. There are mental health policies, not mental illness policies. And so on. I guess it’s the glass half-full theory. Mental health is more positive than mental illness (and don’t get me started about the term “behavioural health”). But there is a problem with this whole rosy-colored view. It completely ostracises and further stigmatizes people with a mental illness.

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