Crackdown call on media use of words like 'loony'
Date July 29, 2012
Jill Stark


Mr Tanti said gratuitous use of demeaning language around mental illness made it more difficult for young people battling conditions such as anxiety and depression.

''This [makes] it more likely for friends and family members to talk about a terrible decision as being 'insane' or an unpopular teacher as being a 'whacko','' he wrote. ''Other terms such as 'nutcase', 'nutjob', 'psycho', 'insane', 'loony' and 'mad' can cause real damage when used inappropriately. These instances increase the stigma around mental illness, making it less likely a young person will seek help.''

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