As we open a dialogue on mental health, we must be cognizant of terminology. In attempting to break the stigma surrounding mental health we run the risk of inadvertently reinforcing that stigma with the words we use.

Researching mental health terminology left us with more questions than answers. In the past everything fell under umbrella terms like “crazy” or “insane”. We have moved so far away from the blanket-term model that we now have an entire Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders full of standardized language and criteria for discussing mental health. Please note, WE ARE NOT COUNSELORS; only a mental health professional can diagnose someone with a mental illness or disorder. We do not encourage self-diagnosis. This website is intended to offer support, refer to resources, and encourage help-seeking behaviors.

At times all of us have concerns about our mental health. These concerns are normal and tell us it’s time to reevaluate what’s going on and possibly reach out for help. Ideally you would reach out for help before a mental health concern turns into a mental health crisis.

Sometimes we don’t reach out for help because we struggle verbalizing our emotions. We hope the material presented on this website can help you start the conversation on mental health.

“Going to CAPS helped me find the words to express what I was feeling.”

All of Us prefers to use person first language, acknowledging that an individual is not defined by whatever mental health challenges they may be facing. For this same reason we opt to describe someone as dealing/struggling/living with a challenge or experiencing/feeling certain emotions.

All of Us is a campaign sensitive to survivors of trauma and makes every effort to provide trauma informed care.

Please contact us if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions with regards to our language. We are always looking for ways to create a more welcoming and supportive community.

Stigma and Mental Illness