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End The Stigma Poll Results

End The Stigma Poll Results

Thanks to everyone who took part in our end the stigma poll. We asked you 10 questions to indicate how much stigma exists around the topic of mental health. The results are as follows:

1. Would you date someone who suffers with a mental health condition?

Over 100 of you answered this question! 96 of which – said ‘yes’ they would date someone who had a mental health condition. According to WebMD people with conditions such as depression feel as though their ‘not good enough’. They also assume that no one would want to be romantically involved with them. 71% of you would beg to differ as the result shows that people are not put off by these conditions. This is great news showing that if you’re sufferer looking for a relationship – don’t feel restricted, just put yourself out there.

 

2. Would you avoid becoming friends with someone who has a mental health condition?

85% of you answered ‘No’ you wouldn’t avoid becoming friends with someone who has a mental health condition. As mentioned above, a common trait of those who struggle with mental health – is feeling like ‘no one likes them’. This result shows that sufferers can still make friends and won’t be stigmatised because of their condition.

 

3. Would you avoid working with someone who has a Mental Health condition?

85% of you would not avoid working with someone who has a Mental Health condition. The Mental Health at Work Report shows that just over a third of employees did not approach anyone for support the last time they experienced poor mental health. Only a quarter of employees approached someone at work for support. The result on this question shows that sufferers should be more open about their condition at work, because co-workers are less likely to stigmatise you.

 

4. Imagine you had your own company – would you willingly employ someone who has a mental health condition?

76% of you answered ‘yes’ you would willing employ someone who has a mental health condition. According to a report by The Royal College of Psychiatrists people with mental health problems find it more difficult to obtain work. This is because many human resources managers believe that those who have experienced mental health problems will be worse at their jobs. The result of this poll is amazing because it shows that the majority of people feel the opposite. In fact a study conducted by this same report shows, that only a fraction of employers reported it as being a negative experience.

 

5. Would you feel uncomfortable around someone who has a mental health condition?

The result on this poll is quite split and shows that 52% of people would feel uncomfortable around someone who has a mental health condition. Stigmatisation is the rejection by society of an individual with an attribute viewed by that society as negative and undesirable. Discrimination commonly follows. This is stigmatisation at its best – and shows that there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the perception of mental health(i.e. end the stigma).

 

6. Which of the following terms best describe how you feel around someone who has a mental health condition?

Expanding on question 5 we asked you – which of the following terms best describe how you feel around someone who has a mental health condition? 42% of you answered with ‘indifferent’ whilst 27% said they felt ‘Wary/Scared/Uneasy’.

7. In your opinion, are people with a mental health condition less competent than those without?

70% of you answered ‘No’ – that people with a mental health condition are just as competent as those without.

8. Do you think someone with a mental health condition should have children?

A unanimous 100% of you felt that someone with a mental health condition should have children.

9. If one of your friends/family became mentally ill, would you treat them differently?

78% of you would not treat a friend or relative differently if they became mentally ill. One of the issues with mental health is sufferers feel more isolated if they are not treated the same.

Question 10

Another unanimous result – 100% of you felt that not enough is being done to educate people on mental health. According to a study (by Roeloffs et al.) Mental Health is the 2nd most stigmatised condition. More needs to be done not only to educate people about mental health but to end the stigma surrounding it.

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