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A government agency in Canada is urging folks there to monitor their local news reports for insensitive use of such phrases as "basket case," "lunatic" and "fruitcake" and report them to officials in exchange for cash prizes, reports the National Post.

The Anti-Stigma/Discrimination Working Group of the Nova Scotia health ministry, in tandem with the Canadian Mental Health Association, says such phrases are inappropriate because they might make the mentally ill feel even worse than they already do.

The group says media reports also can be considered inappropriate if they fail "to reinforce the fact that suicidal risk is related to mental disorders and is not merely a social phenomenon" and if stories of a suicide, for example, are reported on the front page of a newspaper instead of on the inside pages.

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