This resource was created by SMI Adviser content partners and approved by the SMI Adviser clinical expert team for inclusion in the knowledge base.
People often identify with roles and words that help them find meaning. Compassionate, stigma-free, person-first words play a role in helping each individual on their road to improved health and functioning from serious mental illness (SMI). So when you choose person-first language, you support their pursuit of healing, progress, and goals.
View this guide on how to speak about SMI in a way that avoids stigma.