Is the Way You Speak About Mental Illness Offensive?

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Maybe it's just me but I feel that, as a society our vocabulary is a little less filtered then what it was 10 or 15 years ago. Are we so crunched for time that we no longer think about what we say and how it could affect others before we say it? I began to wonder...what words or phrases do we say or use everyday that offend those who have mental health difficulties?

You Have the Right to Offend Me

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada
Danielle S. McLaughlin

This week, a grade 12 student was suspended for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Life is wasted without Jesus." Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects both freedom of religion and freedom of expression, but nowhere does it protect people from feeling offended. In a diverse and complex society, learning to disagree without being disagreeable may be a survival skill.