Always, And Especially in Times of Crisis — Words Matter

Words matter. Even more so in a time like this when an unprecedented public health crisis requires us to keep those we care about at a distance to stay safe. When we hear the term “social distancing” it is important to know the words used do not adequately reflect what is being asked of us.

For this reason, Each Mind Matters is adopting the phrase “physical distancing,” rather than “social distancing” to address the current situation. This language is more accurate and supportive of our overall physical and mental health and well-being.

Each Mind Matters has long recognized the importance and impact words have on a person’s psyche. How we speak can have a negative or positive impact on those around us. This is why it is important for  everyone to use language that has a positive impact on the mental well-being of ourselves and others,  As communities continue to adjust to the realities and environment presented by COVID-19, we must ensure we are supporting each other and using language that is helpful to the health and well-being of our friends, families, and colleagues.

While remaining at six-foot distance from those we don’t live with is essential for the well-being of our community’s health, it is also important to stay connected socially.

Social connectedness includes we still make sure we maintain healthy connections with people even if we cannot be around each other physically. Something as simple as giving a friend a call to check in on them and have a conversation can go a long way during these times.

Check our recent blog for ideas about how to stay socially connected during this period of physical distancing.

Please join us in using the term “physical distancing” in place of “social distancing” as we all work to stay socially connected during these trying times.

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For more related content and information regarding the latest mental health resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit EachMindMatters.org/COVID-19.