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The National Stigma Report Card presents the findings from Our Turn to Speak, the most comprehensive survey of its kind in Australia.

The findings strongly reinforce the importance of continuing to work collaboratively to build an Australia free from stigma and discrimination.
 
SANE Australia and our partners will use the National Stigma Report Card to drive meaningful, systemic change that sees people affected by complex mental health issues being supported and included as equal members of our community.

Recommendations by life domain

Sports, community groups and volunteering

For many Australians, participating in sports, community groups or volunteering is a way of life.

Cultural, faith or spiritual practices and communities

For many people, participating in cultural, faith or spiritual practices – either alone or in a community – is a vital part of their identity.

Education and training

Taking part in education and training is crucial to economic, social and cultural participation. 

Employment

Having something meaningful to do is vital for mental health. Being employed can contribute to our sense of purpose and accomplishment.  

Top 10 data points

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71.8% of participants said they had experienced stigma or discrimination when accessing mental healthcare in the previous year.

Almost 60% of those who answered questions about this life domain said their experience of stigma or discrimination when accessing mental healthcare services had been ‘frequent’ or ‘very frequent’. Many said they had avoided important things, like getting help for their mental health issues when they needed it.

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Close to 25% of participants said they had been most affected by stigma about mental health issues when watching, reading or listening to mass media, like news and entertainment media.

On average, 90% of participants who answered questions about these experiences said they had seen, read or heard mass media content that portrayed people living with mental health issues as dangerous, unsafe or unpredictable, being to blame for their issues, or being incapable of recovery or getting better.

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12% of all participants said they had been most affected by stigma about mental health issues when accessing welfare and social services.

On average, 79% of participants who answered questions about this life domain said they expected to experience future stigma or discrimination in this area of their lives, like being treated unfairly by welfare or social services staff members.

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10.5% of participants said they had been most affected by stigma about mental health issues when accessing education and training during the past year.

On average, 70% of participants said they had avoided important things, like applying for education or training courses, including scholarship opportunities, seeking support or assistance from teachers, lecturers, tutors or trainers, or asking for flexible study arrangements.

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Real people, real stories

The National Stigma Report Card is not just about numbers. Stigma and discrimination have a very real impact on the lives of people living with complex mental health issues.

The voices of people with lived experience must not only be heard, but also be the cornerstone of policy decisions and system redesign, to ensure change is effective and sustainable.
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Explore the data

Our online data explorer is an interactive tool which allows you to explore the Our Turn to Speak findings further.

You can compare survey results from different life domains, mental health issues, and demographics.