Charity urges action to improve tolerance of mental health problems

A mental health charity has called for a campaign to educate the public about mental health issues after DoH statistics revealed that public opinion is deeply unsympathetic and 'bigoted'.

The statistics, published last week, showed that one in eight people would not want to live next door to someone who has been mentally ill, and that almost 60 per cent of people describe someone with a mental health problem as ‘someone who has to be kept in a psychiatric or mental hospital'.

A third of the public think people with mental health problems should not have the same rights to a job as other people. 

Mental health charity Rethink's director of public affairs Paul Corry said: ‘These findings show just how bad the situation can be for people with mental health problems. Archaic, bigoted opinions about mental illness still prevail and clearly demonstrate the urgent need for action to change people's views.'

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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