National survey of discrimination associated with mental health problems

Project Details

The aim of the study is to assess the levels of discrimination associated with mental health problems in the Australian community.

PROJECT SUMMARY

Stigma is often nominated as a central concern for people with mental disorders. Until relatively recently, the focus of most research was on investigation of stigma in people with mental disorders through surveys comprising questions about attitudes towards people with mental health problems, rather than actual experiences. No studies have assessed mental disorder-related discrimination in the general population.

In 2014, we conducted a telephone survey of 5000 Australians aged over 18 years. The survey asked participants a series of questions about their own mental health and their experience of discrimination and support from others related to mental health problems. Participants described these experiences from their friends, family, and the broader community; and in workplace, education, and healthcare settings.

In 2017, we will contact participants again to assess the longer term implications of experiences of discrimination and support associated with mental health problems. The follow-up survey will ask participants the same questions on mental health and recent discrimination as well as assess impacts on quality of life, workforce participation, and health service use.

Study findings will contribute to a greater understanding of how discrimination impacts upon the lives of people with mental health problems.

Researchers

Associate Professor Nicola Reavley

Professor Tony Jorm

Dr Amy Morgan

Associate Professor Dennis Petrie

Funding

National Health and Medical Research Council

Research Publications

Reavley, N. J., & Jorm, A. F. (2015). Experiences of discrimination and positive treatment in people with mental health problems: Findings from an Australian national survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 49(10), 906-913. doi:10.1177/0004867415602068

Reavley, N. J., Jorm, A. F., & Morgan, A. J. (2016). Beliefs about dangerousness of people with mental health problems: the role of media reports and personal exposure to threat or harm. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 51, 1257-64. doi:10.1007/s00127-016-1215-6

Morgan, A. J., Reavley, N. J., Jorm, A. F., & Beatson, R. (2016). Experiences of discrimination and positive treatment from health professionals: A national survey of adults with mental health problems. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(8), 754-762. doi:10.1177/0004867416655605

Reavley, N. J., Morgan, A. J., & Jorm, A. F. (2017). Predictors of experiences of discrimination and positive treatment in people with mental health problems: Findings from an Australian national survey. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 52(3), 269-277. doi: 10.1007/s00127-016-1301-9

Reavley, N. J., Jorm, A. F., & Morgan, A. J. (In press). Discrimination and positive treatment towards people with mental health problems in workplace and education settings: Findings from an Australian national survey. Stigma and Health, doi:10.1037/sah0000059.

Reavley, N. J., Jorm, A. F., & Morgan, A. J. (In press). Disclosure of mental health problems: Findings from an Australian national survey. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, doi:10.1017/S204579601600113X.

Research Group

Population Mental Health




Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Mental Health

Unit / Centre

Population Mental Health