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The Guardian published an article by Harold A. Maio questioning why the media refers to “‘the’ mentally ill,” which Maio says adds a “stigma” to those will mental illnesses.

Maio, described as a “relentless campaigner against prejudicial language,” called for journalists to stop grouping all “mentally ill” together.  He wrote:

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“Once one has diminished a group to a ‘the’, one then claims for them a ‘stigma’, a ‘they’, a difference, eventually a deficiency. Establishing an ‘us’ is one of the primary tools of prejudice, resulting in a ;them’.”

Read Maio’s full essay here.

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‘Stigma’ in Reporting on “The Mentally Ill”

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