Host: National Family Support Technical Assistance Center
Language is a powerful tool that shapes how we see the world and other people. The words we use matter, as they have the potential to be both empowering and harmful. This is especially true for words used to describe the experiences of people living with mental illness and substance use challenges. During this webinar, presenters will introduce four new language tools that outline outdated language, updated language, and why these changes matter. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on how behavioral health care providers can use language to create a more inclusive and respectful environment for families, older adults, African Americans, and LGBTQ+ populations. This webinar is hosted in partnership with the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center, the African American Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, the E4 Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging, and the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity.