Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stigma against depression in Canada

A recent paper by Dr. Heather Stuart, of Queens University has addressed the question of whether there is stigma against depression among the general public in Canada. She used data from a large national "Rapid Response" survey conducted by Statistics Canada. The survey focussed on people who had sought treatment for mental health - Sadly, a large proportion reported that they believed that others stigmatized depression (about half), whereas one third reported that they themselves had encountered stigma. The full test of the paper is available here.

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