Attitudes to mental illness 2014 research report

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MIND (Mental health association)
Date of publication
1 April 2015
Mental health services
Social welfare
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This report presents the findings of a survey of attitudes towards mental illness among adults in England. Surveys on this topic have been carried out since 1994. The 2014 survey questionnaire included a number of statements about mental illness. Respondents were asked to indicate how much they agreed or disagreed with each statement. Other questions covered a range of topics such as descriptions of people with mental illness, relationships with people with mental health problems, personal experience of mental illness, and perceptions of mental health-related stigma and discrimination. This report focusses on trends over the past six years, looking at results from the surveys carried out from 2008 onwards. Results suggest that:

  • Attitudes towards people with mental illness are more favourable in 2014 than they were in 2008.
  • Attitudes towards integrating people with mental illness into the community have become more favourable since 2008.
  • A greater understanding of mental illness, in particular understanding the cause is not lack of willpower is evident

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