Year: 2001 Source: Qualitative Health Research, v.11, no.4, (July 2001), p.477-479 SIEC No: 20050477

Talk about mental health & mental illness (including suicide) by 8 mental health coordinators (teachers) from a range of New Zealand secondary schools was examined using Potter & Wetherell’s system of discourse analysis. Verbatim transcripts from interviews were analyzed, & 3 mental health & illness linguistic resources were identified. Each resource is examined, & the practical consequences of this language use is discussed in relation to the role of teachers as frontline mental health professionals. (25 refs)