Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Nine out of 10 people with mental illness suffer discrimination, says report

Nine out of 10 people with mental health problems do not go out or apply for jobs due to the stigma associated with their condition, a report said today.

They feel most discriminated against by their family (36%), followed by their employers (35%), neighbours (31%) and friends (25%), according to the survey by the mental health charity Rethink.

The groups most likely to be accepting are children, teachers, shopkeepers and public transport workers.

The results of the survey, which consulted more than 3,000 people in England, have been released ahead of an £18m mental health anti-stigma campaign that will be launched across the UK in January.

Paul Corry, Rethink's director of public affairs, said: "Our research clearly shows that stigma and discrimination are ruining people's lives. People with mental health problems have enough on their plates without facing additional pressure caused by other people's archaic and bigoted opinions.


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