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January 28, 2014

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Stigma of mental illness as bad as the illness itself, survey reveals


One in ten people say they face discrimination every day as a result of their mental health problems, a survey has revealed.
The anti-stigma programme Time to Change released the results of its survey of over 5,000 people with mental health problems on the same day that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made a public announcement addressing the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face.
Ahead of the conference on 20 January, the deputy prime minister said there remains “too much prejudice, too much discrimination” around the issue of mental health. 
The Time to Change programme, run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, found that 58 per cent of the people surveyed said stigma and discrimination was as bad or worse than the illness itself.
Other findings from the survey include:
  • 28 per cent of respondents waited for more than a year to tell their family about their mental health problem;
  • 22 per cent waited more than a year to talk to their GP about their mental health problem; and
  • 61 per cent of people have experienced stigma and discrimination from friends and in their social life.
The survey also revealed that public attitudes towards mental health have started to improve, with 61 per cent of people saying that they now find it easier to talk about their mental illness compared to previous years, and 34% reported that when they did finally tell someone the reaction was better than they expected. 
The programme is leading up to ‘Time to Talk Day’, which takes place on 6 February. The campaign is working with employers and supporters to generate a million conversations on the day — at work, in schools, in churches or at home — to ensure that the message is being heard by all communities and all ages.
Register your interest to get involved with the campaign.
For more information on dealing with stress in the workplace, see the HSE’s guide on Working together to reduce stress at work, and How to tackle work-related stress.

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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David Horner
David Horner
8 years ago

Please take into consideration that there is much more to neurological health / neurodisability than such brought on by workplace stress. I have vast experience of coping with my own neurodisability and also assisting other individuals with similar conditions, either following graduation or back into commerce and industry following rehabilitation. Believe me there’s much more to it than managing workloads.