Clear language and health literacy
Date posted: February 20, 2014
We all need information to make decisions about our health. But, a lot of health information isn’t easy to understand. Plain language and clear design make health information more accessible.
The Plainer Language series on mental health from Here to Help is a good example. These booklets are written in plain, clear language to help anyone learn more about mental health and mental illness. Each booklet is accompanied by an online sound recording. The books in the series are:
- Tips for good mental health
- What is anger?
- What is anxiety?
- What is mental illness?
- What is depression?
- What is suicide?
If you’re creating health information and want a guide to creating materials that are easy to read, understand and use, look at Writing Health Information for patients and families. (We have a print copy in the library if you prefer to read a paper copy.)
Want more tips on plain language and health literacy? We (Heart) Health Literacy is a weekly email that that delivers one concise idea a week for making health messages easier to understand. They practice what they preach – their ideas are practical and easy to understand. To sign up, click here.