Mental health stigma needs work: study

Researchers from the University of Melbourne surveyed 518 GPs, 506 psychiatrists and 498 clinical psychologists by post, as well as 6019 members of the general public by phone.

Case vignettes described a person with depression with or without suicidal thoughts, early or chronic schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or social phobia. 

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, respectively. 

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

Researchers found mental health professionals were less likely than the general community to see people with mental illness as “weak not sick” and “dangerous/unpredictable”. 

But there were no significant differences in the desire for social