Journal article

Perceptions of Positive Treatment and Discrimination Toward People With Mental Health Problems: Findings From the 2017 and 2019 Attitudes to Mental Illness Surveys

Alyssia Rossetto, Laura C Potts, Nicola J Reavley, Claire Henderson



Evaluations of antistigma interventions typically assess changes in knowledge and attitudes and rarely measure behavior. This article reports interim findings on perceived and self-reported avoidance, discrimination, and positive treatment from the 2017 and 2019 Attitudes to Mental Illness surveys, which evaluate England’s Time to Change program. Nationally representative quota samples of participants ages 16 or over (n = 1,720 in 2017 and n = 1,785 in 2019) were interviewed about mental health–related knowledge and attitudes, reported and intended contact with people with mental health problems, awareness of Time to Change, and knowledge of anyone with a mental health problem in the last 12..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Claire Henderson and Laura C. Potts are supported by grants provided to Time to Change by the United Kingdom Department of Health, the Big Lottery Fund, and the Comic Relief charity. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Department of Health. Claire Henderson has received consulting fees from Lundbeck and educational speaker fees from Janssen. Alyssia Rossetto, Laura C. Potts, and Nicola J. Reavley declare that they have no conflict of interest. No authors participated in the planning or execution of Time to Change. The authors thank Anthony Jorm of the University of Melbourne for his assistance with developing the questions on avoidance, discrimination, and positive treatment included in the 2017 Attitudes to Mental Illness survey.