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