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Word By Word: Using language to build mental wellbeing in veterans and first responders - The Road Home

Leanne Glenny | Collette Snowden | David Sweet | Matteo Farina | Lisa Ranson

How we talk about mental health affects those living and dealing with post-traumatic stress (PTS) on a day-to-day basis. The words chosen, even in casual conversations or media reports, can influence their self-esteem, willingness to talk, and motivation to engage with support services. Yet the broader community and the media, often fail to consider the consequences of language choices. This research investigates the language used by the media, support organisations, veterans and first responders, and their families, and it assesses the impact of how we talk about PTS on the health and wellbeing of individuals. The study aims to empower individuals, community groups and the media with new information about, and understandings of language that can be used to positively affect the health and wellbeing of trauma affected veterans and first responders.

Word By Word: Using language to build mental wellbeing in veterans and first responders - The Road Home