The Power of Words

Rainbow Fish by Cliff Thorbes

Many across Canada recognize June as Pride Month. I’m proud that in the MHFA Standard training I provide, we explore guidelines for cross-cultural competence, and communicating with the 2SLGBTQ+ community.


I’m currently doing some professional development, and was introduced to the Q Glossary, a resource that explains Queer terminology. Words can empower, acknowledge, identify, validate, promote understanding, celebrate, provide reassurance, heal, and they can be used as weapons to inflict pain, destroy, harm, divide, label, perpetuate stereotypes, predjudice and stigma.
I share this resource with you, in the hope that it can help increase your awareness too behind the power of words. Thank you QMUNITY for creating it.

If you’re interested in me providing a private MHFA Standard for your organization, please email me at cliffthorbes@shaw.ca

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