Drivers of stigma revealed in survey

However, this belief did not decrease or increase the belief that people with a mental illness were dangerous or unpredictable, or that the respondent wanted to keep their social distance.

The telephone survey of 6000 adults also showed that believing a mental illness is caused by a weak or nervous personality was consistently associated with stigmatising attitudes.

Believing in psychosocial causes of mental illness, such as traumatic events or childhood problems, had no consistent associations with stigmatising attitudes.