The importance of Conscious Language

In our fight to save lives and educate, we also understand the importance of conscious language

Promoting Conscious Language


Using Conscious Language in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

At Project Semicolon, we recognize the importance of using thoughtful and sensitive language when discussing mental health and suicide prevention. Our commitment to conscious language reflects our dedication to fostering a supportive and empathetic community.

Why Language Matters

Language plays a significant role in shaping perceptions and attitudes. When discussing mental health and suicide, using respectful and considerate language can reduce stigma, increase understanding, and create a safer environment for everyone.

Guidelines for Conscious Language

We encourage our community to follow these guidelines when discussing mental health and suicide:

  • Avoid Stigmatizing Language: Choose words that avoid reinforcing stereotypes or negative perceptions about mental health challenges.
  • Use Person-First Language: Place the person before the condition (e.g., “a person with depression” instead of “a depressed person”).
  • Be Respectful: Show respect for individuals by using terms they prefer to describe their experiences.
  • Offer Support: Share messages of empathy, understanding, and encouragement to those who are struggling.
  • Highlight Hope and Recovery: Emphasize stories of resilience, recovery, and growth to inspire others.

Join Us in Promoting Conscious Language

Together, we can contribute to a more compassionate discourse around mental health and suicide prevention. By using conscious language, we create an inclusive environment that uplifts and supports individuals on their journey.