Journal article

Perceptions of positive treatment and discrimination towards people with mental health problems: Findings from the 2017 Attitudes to Mental Illness survey

Alyssia Rossetto, Emily J Robinson, Nicola J Reavley, Claire Henderson



Anti-stigma programme evaluations primarily measure knowledge and attitudes, and rarely assess behaviour. This study describes perceived and self-reported avoidance, discrimination and positive treatment using data from the 2017 Attitudes to Mental Illness survey. A nationally representative quota sample of 1720 English participants were interviewed about mental health-related knowledge and attitudes, reported and intended contact with people with mental health problems, awareness of the Time to Change anti-stigma programme and knowledge of anyone with a mental health problem. Participants who knew someone were asked how they thought the person was treated in different life areas, and whethe..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Time to Change evaluation was funded by the UK Government Department of Health, Comic Relief and Big Lottery Fund. CH and ER are supported by grants to Time to Change from Big Lottery, the UK Department of Health and Comic Relief. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health.