A new survey by charity Rethink has found that at least
nine of ten mentally ill people in England face stigma. More often than not the
source of this stigma are people closest to them.
The survey involved more than 3,000 people and asked them
how their condition affected their day to day lives. The survey found that some
mentally ill people stopped from applying to jobs, making new friends, or going
out to pubs and shops.
"Our research clearly shows that stigma and
discrimination are ruining people's lives," said Paul Corry, from the
charity Rethink. "People with mental health problems have enough on their
plates without facing additional pressure caused by other people's archaic and
Some people also said they could not report crimes as it
was accepted police would not take them seriously.
A spokesman for the
Department of Health revealed that there were some plans to reduce
discrimination. "We are working with employers - identified as a top
target audience by Rethink's survey - to improve how they handle mental health
problems in the workplace."