Do they matter? Are they significant? Why do they happen?
This announcement has me wondering:
Directorates Change Name
Three of our directorates have had a name change:
Working Age Mental Health (WAMH) is now People of a Working Age (PoWA)
Mental Health for Older People (MHOP) is now Older People's Mental Health (OPMH)
Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) is now Children and Young People's Directorate (CYPD)
Marcella posted a while ago about changes in her local Mental Health Trust's name. At school, the topic of names came up during a presentation on teaching students with Downs Syndrome (we have two joining us in September). The essence of the message from the INSED is that to refer to these students as "Downs Syndrome children" is not appropriate, as they are children first and have Downs. I think I agree with that (and find myself consciously considering before speaking now!)
I'm wondering, therefore, what the reasoning is behind the above renaming.
On the one hand I see the implicit statement that we are "People" - and that is welcome. On the other, I am slightly concerned by the lack of recognition of the reason for our involvement with the Trust - we are, after all, in contact with them because of mental health issues. That there is no mention of this in the new name feels rather incomplete.
I fail to see any reason for the renaming of MHOP/OPMH (unless there is some problem with the "word" formed by the older acronym.
Swapping "adolescent" for "young people" - well, maybe some have a problem with the meaning of "adolescent"? Again, though, there is no mention of mental health issues. And I hate the word "Directorate".
Most of all, though. I just find the whole area of name changes confusing. I mean, why change a name unless there is a very obvious and definitive reason to do so? It seems to be a fashionable thing to do, a "rebranding" type of thing. But in this case (and many others) I just don't get it.