Words Matter – Promoting Mental Health through the Use of First-Person Language
ISMS members: Free
Non-ISMS members: $75.00
Many Americans experience poor mental health at some point in their lives, including mild depression, anxiety, serious mental illness or substance use disorders. Yet many people are reluctant to seek support or treatment because of the perceived stigma attached to “mental illness.”
Using person centered language promotes understanding and compassion, without of evoking the habitual stereotypical or stigmatized responses mental illness can create. Adopting language that supports rather than isolates people who could benefit from mental health services is critical to changing the conversation about mental health.
Join ISMS for a session with Rebecca Ogrodny for a discussion about the importance of language in shaping the trajectory of mental health, specifically the use of patient-centered or person-first language when working with individuals to address mental health concerns.
At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:
- Describe why and how language choices can impact patient outcomes
- Recognize the difference between person-centered language and illness-centered language
- Describe strategies to promote first person language in your workplace (office, clinic)
ISMS members and their staffs
There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.
The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this internet activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.
The recommendations contained in this resource are not intended to define conduct that is appropriate in every case, should not be considered as establishing any standard of care, and do not constitute legal advice. Physicians, clinicians and healthcare providers should take care to ensure that all care rendered reflects the best clinical judgment and complies with the laws and regulations of the state or location at which the care was provided.
Rebecca Ogrodny is an energetic, empowering, and solution focused educator who is passionate about equipping people with the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their overall health and wellness. She is the Founder of Empower Mental Health, which was created to increase mental health literacy while eliminating stigma and empowering individuals to care for their mental health.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 Participation Credit