Combating stigma needs work

Researchers from the University of Melbourne surveyed 518 GPs, 506 psychiatrists and 498 clinical psychologists as well as 6019 members of the public. Case vignettes described people with various mental illnesses.

The Depression Stigma Scale (DSS) was used to establish personal and perceived stigma, defined as a respondent’s own attitude and his or her beliefs about other people’s attitudes.

They also used the Social Distance Scale (SDS) to measure willingness to have contact with people with mental illness.