Labeling people as ‘The mentally ill’ increases stigma

Consider this collection of headlines from national media outlets over the past few weeks: “Allowing the mentally ill guns is insane,” or “Ranks of ISIS include mentally ill,” or “Jail last refuge for mentally ill” or “Lawyer says driver in crash was mentally ill.”

It seems the term “the mentally ill” is everywhere, and it is used interchangeably with “people with mental illness” in nearly every venue. Even within the helping professions, the term is commonplace and considered acceptable to publishers, educators and mental health clinicians. But do they really mean the same thing?


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