Survey shows greatest improvement in public attitudes to mental health in a decade

The National Attitudes to Mental Illness survey was first conducted by TNS in 1993 and additional analysis by the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London has been carried out to measure overall levels of change each year since 2003.

The most recent data shows that since the beginning of the current programme of Time to Change (2011) an estimated two million people – or 4.8% of the population - have improved attitudes towards people with a mental illness. It also shows that there was a 2.8% improvement in attitudes between 2012 and 2013 – the biggest annual shift in the last decade.

While direct comparisons can’t be made before 2003, it also likely that this is the biggest annual improvement since the first survey was commissioned 20 years ago.

Read the Attitudes to Mental Illness survey report

View the Time to Change infographic about this survey

Visit the Time to Change website to find out more about their national anti-stigma campaign

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