LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Mental Health Language is Important
When offering help to those we know with mental health concerns we must remember language is important. Our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, etc. (LGBTQIA+) community especially requires attention to language when speaking with them regarding mental health concerns. Providing space for our LGBTQIA+ community is essential in productive mental health care. We can help provide space using LGBTQIA+ inclusive language as well as being mindful of what we ask others.
LGBTQIA+ Pronouns and Language Affect Mental Health
LGBTQIA+ individuals with mental health concerns deserve to be spoken to using the pronouns (she/her) they choose. If we are unsure of pronouns for an individual it is okay to ask them which pronouns they prefer. Mental health conversations can be difficult and providing LGBTQIA+ individuals with language that fits them provides a layer of comfortability.
LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Language in the Questions We Ask Others
It is no surprise that our LGBTQIA+ friends with a mental health concern are friends we tend to check-in with. When we check-in with these friends it may be a habit to ask them questions about how they are and what they have been up to. Individuals with depression may not feel inspired to talk about what they have been up to.
When checking in on a friend with a mental health concern, talk to them as you would any other day. Ask your friend about the new show they are watching or the book they have read. Our presentation of language in mental health-focused conversations can make the difference between help and hindrance.
What type of mental health language do others use that makes you feel most comfortable? What about the most uncomfortable?
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Nolasco, M. (2021, January 24). LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Mental Health Language is Important, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2021, January 25 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/thelifelgbt/2021/1/lgbtqia-inclusive-mental-health-language-is-important