No, You Shouldn’t Call Someone ‘Crazy.’ But Do We Have to Ban the Word Entirely?

As someone who deals with depression, anxiety, multiple eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Erin M. is no stranger to the word “crazy.” Others have often directed the word at her in hurtful and derogatory ways—a common experience among many people living with mental illnesses. “One [experience] that stands out was after a suicide […]


10 Things You Should Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

“There was no good reason for this to happen.” Tatiana Ayazo/, Shutterstock A grief survey by Slate and editor Meghan O’Rouke, author of one of the gripping memoirs by women who overcame the impossible, The Long Goodbye, found that sentiments expressing false comfort were hurtful. Never assume the bereaved believes in a higher power, or even if they do that invoking […]