LRC research into the usage and perceptions of language connected to mental health

Current LRC research into the usage and perceptions of language connected to mental health has gained interest from several prominent British organisations, as well as attracting survey participants from 14 countries outside the UK.

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The survey asks fluent English speakers to evaluate their experiences of hearing words/phrases connected to mental health, and also asks for their reactions to images (memes) seen on Facebook.  The research, which includes a separate computer based word test and a corpus/discourse analysis, aims to identify how language use affects the stigma felt by people dealing with mental ill health, and the perceptions of those who have no personal experience of mental illness.  The data should also be able to identify any specific words and phrases connected to mental health which are now in everyday conversational use because the majority of the speech community believe their primary intended meanings have become humorous, benign, or non-discriminatory. 

The survey will be online until January 2015 (survey now closed).

Interested in finding out more about this research?: contact the lead researcher Christina Brannigan c/o riah@swansea.ac.uk.

Christina Brannigan is a PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University.

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