Recovery Suite - 2: Language of Mental Health Recovery


This course explores how language is used within mental health settings and the broader community. How can your language limit or exclude others? How can it challenge, empower and inspire?

Participants will explore the use of language through a range of learning activities and videos, including consumer, carer and worker perspectives on language and mental health.

Level: All levels
Duration: 30-45 minutes
Delivery: Self-paced
Pre-requisite: Basic understanding of mental health recovery


Desktop/ Laptop viewing: Compatible
Tablet viewing: Limited compatibility
Mobile phone viewing: Not recommended


Who is this for

  • New and exisiting mental health workers
  • Consumer or carer peer workers
  • Professionals from non-mental health sectors
  • Families, friends and carers of people experiencing mental health conditions
  • People with lived experience of mental health conditions

Course Topics

  • What is recovery language?
  • The power of language
  • Intent vs impact
  • Recovery-oriented language
  • Person-first language
  • Preferred language
  • Language and stigma

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop awareness of intention and potential impact of choice of words when speaking about, or to, a person or group of people.
  • Demonstrate respect by using a persons’ preferred terms.
  • Improve use of language by avoiding terminology that could be discriminatory or stigmatising.

Technical requirements

One of the following browsers:

  • Windows: Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 1+, Google Chrome, Opera 9.5+
  • Mac: Safari 3+, Firefox +, Google Chrome

AND Flash Player 10 or later (