Report highlights mental health stigma

Report highlights mental health stigma

A study by the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has revealed that the levels of stigma experienced by mental health consumers seeking treatment from mental health and other health professionals are similar to the levels of stigma reported in the general population.

Consumer and Carer Experiences of Stigma from Mental Health and Other Health Professionals identified the scope and nature of stigma experienced by mental health consumers seeking treatment from mental health and other health professionals. This revealing research shows that the views held by health professionals providing mental health services may not differ to those of the wider community.

“The MHCA is calling on all health professions to examine their approach to mental illness and ensure people experiencing mental illness and their carers receive the same level of non-judgemental care and concern as people with any other health condition,” said Frank Quinlan, CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia.

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