Powerful words written today by The Anarchist Soccer Mom and author of The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness
All across the US, we are at a loss for words, as we share the sad news of our friend and Tb4T advocate Laura Pogliano's son tragic passing. Liza has helped us find the right words. WORDS do matter. Many times wishful thinking to decrease stigma, actually discrimaintes against those who need help the most.
There's a popular quote floating around mental health advocacy circles: "Mental illness is not a choice. But recovery is." I know people will disagree with me, but today, I'm tired of that sentiment, and I wish we would retire the word "recovery." When local and national mental health policy is shaped by high-functioning consumers who have been able to manage their illnesses rather than by the sickest patients and their families, it's the equivalent of only allowing stage 1 cancer survivors to drive the narrative and take most of the funds. While their courage is admirable and their struggles are genuine, too often, we lose sight of those who are suffering the most. They become invisible to us, marginalized on the streets or in prison. Or they die young, like Zac.
I wish we would stop talking about recovery and replace it with a more useful, less stigmatizing word: hope.
Here are five reasons I wish we would stop using the word "recovery" for serious mental illness.
Read Liza's 5 reasons here: