Monday, August 18, 2008

Stigma of mental illness common among Canadians: report

Canadian attitudes toward mental illness are a cause for concern, the Canadian Medical Association said Monday in releasing its annual report card on health care.

The group's eighth annual report surveyed Canadians to measure attitudes and experiences with the health-care system.

“This year’s report card shines a harsh, and frankly unflattering, light on the attitudes we Canadians have concerning mental health,” said the group's President, Dr. Brian Day, in a release.

“In some ways, mental illness is the final frontier of socially-acceptable discrimination."

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