During CMHDARN projects and activities, discussions about the language utilised regularly comes into focus. It is acknowledged that there is great difficulty in meeting the diverse preferences of people with lived experience of mental health conditions, AOD service users, carers and supporters, the workforce, academia as well as multiple stakeholders across the service system and government, particularly when convening meetings, writing papers, presenting and developing resources.
In September 2021, a small, targeted consultation was held to discuss this issue with a number of diverse lived experience participants to inform CMHDARN’s use of language. The aim is that whilst recognising that language is always a fluid and evolving dynamic, that CMHDARN remains inclusive and continues to role model best practice language in the work it undertakes across the mental health and AOD community-managed sectors.
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