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Mental and physical health

When talking about matters of health, avoid judgemental language and do not make assumptions.

For example:

✔ Perfectionism might lead you to believe you that your value comes from your achievements alone. 

✘ If you are a perfectionist you likely learned early in life that you were valued mainly for your achievements.

✔ If you experience symptoms of depression, our counsellors can help you.

✘ If you are suffering from depression, our counsellors can help you.

A useful resource for respectful terms relating to mental and physical health can be found on Readability Guidelines.

For further advice on avoiding ableist language you can read the Anti-ableism framework with the Disability section of A Progressive's Style Guide.