The latest National Attitudes to Mental Illness Survey, released today, shows that since Time to Change began around 4.1 million people have improved attitudes towards those of us with mental health problems. More people than ever also say that they would be happy to live with, work with or continue a relationship with someone with a mental health problem.
Overall, people’s willingness to have contact with someone with a mental health problem has improved by 11% since 2009. Attitudes towards those of us with mental health problems have also improved by 9.6% in the same period.
We know that for many people, being judged and isolated can be harder than the mental health problem itself, so this is really encouraging.
There’s still a long way to go until everyone with a mental health problem gets the support they need. But we’re moving in the right direction.
The research shows the power of social contact – bringing together people with experience of mental health problems to talk to people who don’t. Personally knowing someone with a mental health problem makes someone much more likely to have positive attitudes.
Too many people with mental health problems are still made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless. But attitudes are changing, and together, we can make a real difference.
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