In 2015 the Commission contracted the University of Melbourne to deliver a report on NSW data from the National Surveys of Mental Health Literacy and Stigma and National Survey of Discrimination and Positive Treatment. These two national surveys investigate interpersonal experiences of stigma and discrimination. Together they provide insights into the public’s understanding of and attitudes towards mental illness, how this impacts on their relationships with people living with mental illness, and the personal experiences of stigma and discrimination by people living with mental illness.
The report was completed in 2015 and the findings were reported in One Year On: Progress Report on the Implementation of Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024. To highlight and synthesise the findings, the Commission also produced a summary report as a companion document. The work contributes to an improved understanding of the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental illness in NSW, what underpins these attitudes, and how they can be addressed.
Living Well Action 3.5