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Survey: only 53% agree people with a mental health difficulty are trustworthy
Only 53% of respondents in this year’sSt Patrick’s Mental Health Services attitudes survey agree that people with a mental health difficulty are trustworthy.
Dublin, Thursday September 10th 2015. Figures released today by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services show that stigma related to people experiencing mental health difficultiesis engrained in Irish Society.
The research was conducted via a dedicated online survey with 507 adults aged 18-70 years. It has a confidence rating of 95% and a confidence interval of 4.5%.
This year’s survey findings indicate that;
Only 53% of respondents agree that people with a mental health difficulty are trustworthy.
67% agree that Irish people view being treated for a mental health difficulty as a sign of personal failure.
Approximately 1 in 4 do not believe that Irish people would be willing to accept someone with a mental health issue as a close friend.
Only 21% believe that Irish employers would be comfortable employing someone with a mental health problem.
29% of respondents would not trust someone with a previous mental health difficulty to babysit.
Paul Gilligan, CEO of St Patrick’s, says “Today, on World Suicide Awareness Day it isimperative to emphasize the importance of taking more comprehensive action to reduce the stigma related to mental health difficulties. We know that recovery from mental health difficulties is not only possible but should be expected with the right support and help. Yet
one of the most significant obstacles preventing people accessing this help on time is stigma. There is little doubt that the linking of mental health difficulties to incidents such as the Germanwings plane crash has increased stigma worldwide while so called murder suicides in Ireland has had a similar impact. Research indicates that those experiencing mental health difficulties are no more likely to commit serious crime than any other person.”
The survey also indicates that;
53% (+4% since 2013) of people have worked with someone who has been treated with a mental health issue
62% (+10%) have a close friend who was treated with a mental health difficulty, 43% (+6%) report that a member of their family was previously treated
9% claim that they would not want to live next door to someone who previously had a mental health problem with 16% uncertain
Similarly 5% hold the view that people with a previous history of a mental health issue should be excluded from taking public office with 13% uncertain
13% (1 in 8) report they would not marry someone who previously experienced a mental health problem even though he/she seems fully recovered (with a further 22% uncertain)
Sarah Surgenor, Head of Communications at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services says, “Every year we carry out this survey in the hope that stigmatizing attitudes relating to mental health issues will reduce but unfortunately year after year they remain the same despite the continued work by many organisations.
For the last three years, the percentage of Irish people who view being treated for a mental health difficulty as a sign of personal failure has remained consistent (67% in 2013, 65% in 2014, 67% in 2015).
Sarah continued “The key message is ‘We need to start tackling stigma at its very roots to ensure people are encouraged to seek the help they require at the earliest stage.’”
Other findings include;
A higher proportion of women (28%) v men (16%) report having been treated for a mental health issue
30% of people from the lowest income group (i.e. annual household income under 20k) report seeking treatment for their mental health difficulties compared with an average of 20% for all other income groups.
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