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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Courageous Conversations: Being Allies to Individuals in Recovery Who Experience Prejudice, Discrimination and Oppression
This presentation, part of a Webinar, discusses the importance of engaging individuals in underserved populations in efforts to decrease health disparities among various social and cultural groups. Listeners will learn about courageous conversations that work to engage individuals, sustain conversations through uncomfortable situations, and deepen them to be meaningful. The detrimental role of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression is also discussed in a mental health context along with how one can help combat this issue through cultural empathy. The full recording is available at

Mental Health Reporting Fact Sheets
This fact sheet about the prevention of mental health problems is provided by the University of Washington's School of Social Work. It presents four prevention facts and information on genetic and environmental influences on mental health. It also includes links to additional resources that further explore methods of prevention associated with mental health.

What is "people first" language?
Language can have a big impact on how things are interpreted and internalized, by individuals and by society as a whole. It has the potential to offend and also, empower and convey respect. This AskEARN fact sheet on "people first" language lists some of the negative language to be avoided and more appropriate language to use when referring to individuals with disabilities, including people with mental health issues.

Language: The importance of language in promoting community inclusion
This brief fact sheet provides an overview of the importance of using of "people-first" language in the promotion of community integration, and provides information on how language change occurs.

Guidelines for non-handicapping language in APA journals: Committee on disabilities issues in psychology
This fact sheet provides guidelines for the use of appropriate language regarding people with disabilities.

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