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PCD Sessions: (It’s Not) Crazy Talk: How the Language of Mental Illness Affects Discourse

, Virtual Meeting Room

Updated 11/10

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


A live streamed event.

In the media, political sphere, and social conversation, speakers often describe hate, bigotry, violence, anger, and irrational behavior as mental illness. We sometimes also use mental health language and metaphors for emphasis. These choices are often unconscious, and very rarely accurate?

How does the choice to use mental health imagery affect the people and issues we care about? Can the choice to conflate violence and mental illness affect policy making, and how? Does “crazy talk” affect community members with mental health disabilities, and how?


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