How does the language you use affect others?

This week (18-22 April) is Depression Awareness Week to help get rid of mental health stigma and get people talking about depression.

But how we talk can have unintended consequences, says Dr Zsofia Demjen ,a lecturer in English language and applied linguistics. Using phrases like “I’m so depressed” runs the risk of normalising serious issues like depression and might prevent people from getting the help they really need. But the idea is not to police people’s language, she says…

 

 

You can read more about language relating to mental health on OpenLearn.