Talking about Mental Health


This booklet from Together looks at different ways types of mental distress can be described. It shows that many mental health conditions are described in very different ways by different groups of people – such as doctors, people in other parts of the world, and those who experience them.

Within this booklet you will find a number of mental health issues each described with a dictionary definition, a medical definition, definitions from around the world, and the Together definition.


This booklet is a great place for young people to consider how they talk about their own mental health issues compared to dictionary definitions, and medical definitions. Sometimes the way young people with mental health issues describe themselves, is different to the rest of the world and it is important to realise that both of these definitions are perfectly okay.

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