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Six phrases that stigmatize suicide and mental illness

Are you unintentionally using stigmatizing language?

On National Suicide Prevention Week, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) recognizes that stigma is an enormous hurdle for those living with suicidality, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders. We can all do more to break stigma and ensure people in crisis feel safe getting the help they need. And we can start by changing the way we talk about suicide, mental illness, and substance use.

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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 1974. We are the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization.

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