Overview

The National Stigma Report Card Data Explorer presents the findings of the inaugural Our Turn to Speak survey. Between October 2019 and March 2020, 1,912 adult participants completed the survey.

Here, an overview of participants’ sociodemographic and mental health characteristics, and the main findings, are presented.

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Sports, community groups and volunteering

68.1%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly when participating in sporting teams or clubs because of stigma about mental health issues

69.5%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly when participating in community groups because of stigma about mental health issues

84.7%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from participating in community groups because of stigma about mental health issues

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Cultural, faith or spiritual practices and communities

80.0%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly by members of their faith or spiritual community because of stigma about mental health issues

64.7%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly by members of their faith or spiritual community because of stigma about mental health issues

75.1%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from engaging with their cultural community because of stigma

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Education and training

66.5%

agreed they had been treated unfairly by teachers, lecturers, tutors or trainers because of stigma about mental health issues

68.5%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly by teachers, lecturers, tutors or trainers because of stigma about mental health issues

81.0%

agreed that they had stopped themselves seeking support or assistance from teachers, lecturers, tutors or trainers because of stigma about mental health issues

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77.3%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly by employers, supervisors or managers because of stigma about mental health issues

70.7%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly at their workplace because of stigma about mental health issues

81.5%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from discussing their mental health needs and experiences at work because of stigma about mental health issues

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Financial and insurance services

89.4%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly when applying for insurance products because of stigma about mental health issues

87.4%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly when applying for insurance products because of stigma about mental health issues

79.7%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from applying for insurance products because of stigma about mental health issues

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Healthcare services

87.2%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly by healthcare professionals (for example, GPs, nurses, paramedics, dentists, pharmacists) because of stigma about mental health issues

79.3%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly when trying to get help for their physical health problems because of stigma about mental health issues

81.4%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from discussing their mental health issues when getting help from healthcare professionals because of stigma about mental health issues

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Education

Housing and homelessness services

78.0%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly when accessing private rental housing because of stigma about mental health issues

84.8%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly when accessing private rental housing because of stigma about mental health issues

68.4%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from reporting maintenance issues or making complaints to housing officials or landlords because of stigma about mental health issues

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Legal and justice services

77.5%

agreed that they have been treated unfairly by police because of stigma about mental health issues

69.3%

agreed that they expect to be treated unfairly by police because of stigma about mental health issues

72.5%

agreed that they have stopped themselves from asking for police assistance when they needed it because of stigma about mental health issues

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98.6%

agreed they had been exposed to news media content that was hurtful or offensive because of the way mental health issues were portrayed

93.3%

agreed that they expected to be exposed to news media that portrayed people who live with mental health issues as dangerous, unsafe or unpredictable

69.2%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from sharing their opinions about news stories because of stigma about mental health issues

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Public and recreational spaces

63.9%

agreed that they had been unfairly treated in public spaces and at public events because of stigma about mental health issues

53.5%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly by retail, hospitality or events staff because of stigma about mental health issues

80.2%

agreed that they have stopped themselves from accessing public spaces or events because of stigma about mental health issues

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Mental healthcare services

81.6%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly when trying to get help for their mental health because of stigma about mental health issues

73.7%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly when trying to get help for their mental health because of stigma about mental health issues

74.4%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from getting help for their mental health because of stigma about mental health issues

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73.5%

agreed that they had been treated unfairly by their family because of stigma about mental health issues

81.4%

agreed that they expected others would not want to be friends with them because of stigma about mental health issues

72.4%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from participating in relationships with friends, family or intimate partners because of stigma about mental health issues

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94.2%

agreed that they had been exposed to social media content that they found hurtful or offensive because of the way mental health issues were portrayed

89.7%

agreed that they expected to be exposed to social media content that they would find hurtful or offensive because of the way mental health issues were portrayed

87.0%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from commenting on posts, or sharing their opinions on social media platforms because of stigma about mental health issues

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Welfare and social services

79.8%

agreed that they have been treated unfairly by welfare agency or social services staff because of stigma about mental health issues

80.7%

agreed that they expected to be treated unfairly when applying for welfare benefits, disability pensions or disability schemes because of stigma about mental health issues

79.0%

agreed that they had stopped themselves from making changes to, or enquiries about, their welfare benefits, disability pensions, or disability schemes because of stigma about mental health issues