Crazy Talk: A History of Mental Illness Language

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This presentation will examine the history of language surrounding mental illness, how this language has evolved, how the words we have used and still use when talking about mental illness may contribute to the stigma surrounding mental illness, and where we are now (for example, the current concept of "person-first language"). Presented by Dr. Sarah Hessenauer, Department of Social Work, UW-Whitewater. 

This program is part of the series, "What We Are Going Through: Listening to Mental Illness," which is generously funded by a grant from Beyond the Page, Madison Community Foundation and the National Endowments for the Humanities. For more information about Beyond the Page or the programs in this series visit