People with mental health problems often experience
discrimination from their families and friends, a new report
The Mental Health Foundation study found that 70 per cent of the
people surveyed had encountered problems.
Of those who suffered discrimination, 56 per cent said it came
from friends and 51 per cent from family members. Relatives gave
advice such as "pull yourself together", or even made accusations
Nearly half of the sample of 556 people who responded to a
postal survey said their GP was not always helpful. Some were told
by their doctor to "snap out of it" or "I can only help you if
Three-quarters of the respondents said they could not disclose
their problems on application forms for work or insurance, and 55
per cent felt they could not tell work colleagues.
Mental Health Foundation director Ruth Lesirge, said: "If people
are experiencing discrimination or are being told to pull
themselves together, then their chances of accessing good support
The report recommends training for GPs to ensure they understand
mental health problems, and a government-led campaign, involving
schools, employers and service users, to fight discrimination.
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