Thursday, May 15, 2008

DoH report shows extent of stigma

Research by the Department of Health has found that there is still a considerable amount of prejudice and discrimination against people with a mental-health problem. 1 in 8 people would not want to live next door to someone with a mental illness, while nearly six out of ten people described a person with mental illness as 'someone who has to be kept in a psychiatric or mental hospital'. One third of people thought that those with mental-health problems should not have the same right to a job as everyone else. Seperate research by the mental-health charity Rethink found that 9 out of 10 people with mental-health problems had been affected by stigma and discrimination with two-thirds saying that they had stopped doing things because of other people's prejudice.

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