For public speakers

The way public speakers discuss, communicate and portray mental ill-health can play a critical role in starting safe and responsible discussions.

Speaking publicly about mental ill-health, when done accurately, can contribute to community engagement, understanding and improved access to help-seeking pathways.

What language should I use?

The language used when reporting on mental ill-health can play a big role in keeping alive stereotypes, myths and stigma.

Remember that your comments may reach many members of the community, so try to avoid labelling or stigmatising language and suggest alternatives if this language is used.

Refer to the full mental ill-health language guide.