Why this is important

Improving the communities’ understanding of mental health alone does not reduce discriminatory attitudes and behaviour towards people with a mental illness. Despite more than a decade of awareness campaigns, stigma and discrimination continue to unfairly impact the lives of people with a mental illness in NSW. 

Stigma and discrimination can impact on a person’s openness in talking about their experiences and their willingness to ask for help. People can be discriminated against in their access to services, employment, housing, and community or social support, as well as social participation and sense of self worth. These all have negative impacts on a person’s overall wellbeing.

Indicator: Reduce the proportion of people with a mental illness experiencing discrimination and stigma

Indicator measures Current status
Experiences of discrimination or unfair treatment in the population 28.9%

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Last updated: 6 July 2018