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Association News
Americans Speak Their Minds
Psychiatric News
Volume 40 Number 9 page 15-15

To help frame the message in its new "Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives" public education campaign, APA commissioned a telephone survey of a random sample of adults aged 18 and older that explored their attitudes toward psychiatrists and mental health professionals and their views on mental illness and its treatment. A total of 1,020 respondents completed the survey, which was conducted from March 31 through April 3 by the American Staffing Association using a survey developed by Opinion Research Corporation.

The survey found that most of the respondents viewed psychiatry with a neutral to positive attitude—only 13 percent said they have a negative opinion of psychiatrists—and that years of efforts to reduce the stigma preventing people from seeking mental health care are paying off. The results also showed, however, how much work needs to be done to educate the public about the role of psychiatrists and the treatments they provide.

Here are some of the survey's findings:

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