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​LifeWorks of Sonoma County 
1260 N Dutton Ave., Suite 105 
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone (707)568-2300
Mon–Fri: 9AM–5PM 
Sat–Sun: Closed

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What To Say

How do we stop stigma? Start by being open to conversations about mental health. 

To reduce mental illness-related stigma, we need to feel comfortable having conversations about it. It used to be that cancer was “taboo” to talk about, but through open and honest conversations, cancer became de-stigmatized. The more we talk about mental health conditions, the more normalized it becomes. Starting the conversation is the first step.

 

DO SAY

  • "Thanks for opening up to me."

  • "Is there anything I can do to help?"

  • "How can I help?"

  • "Thanks for sharing."

  • "I'm sorry to hear that. It must be tough."

  • "I'm here for you when you need me."

  • "I can't imagine what you're going through."

  • "People do get better."

  • "Oh man, that sucks."

  • "Can I drive you to an appointment?"

  • "How are you feeling today?"

  • "I love you."

DON'T SAY

  • "It could be worse."

  • "Just deal with it."

  • "Snap out of it."

  • "Everyone feels that way sometimes."

  • "You may have brought this on yourself."

  • "We've all been there."

  • "You've got to pull yourself together."

  • "Maybe try thinking happier thoughts."

USE RESPECTFUL LANGUAGE THAT DOES NOT DEFINE SOMEONE BY AN ILLNESS:

 INSTEAD OF... 

She's bipolar

Schizophrenic

Manic depressive

The mentally ill

Committed suicide

 TRY... 

She has bipolar disorder/She's living with bipolar disorder

person with schizophrenia

person with bipolar disorder

people with a mental illness/mental health condition

died by suicide

DO YOU KNOW WHAT A MENTAL ILLNESS IS? LEARN MORE HERE ››

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