AIMHS News & Commentary
Suicide Prevention in Australia - New Language for a New Approach
The new terminology challenges the language of ‘disorder’ and ‘illness’. Key new language includes situational distress, circumstantial distress and low and high intensity mental health difficulty.
‘The language used in the field of mental health has serious negative implications for the wellbeing of patients and clients,’ explains Dr Ashfield. ‘And it simply won’t do for mental health professionals to shrug this off because it is the accepted language of a dominant paradigm embedded in and accepted by mental health institutions’.
The new documents can be found at:
Dr Ashfield has also written a new book -
Mental Health for Men - Common problems / practical solutions
Information about this book can be found here