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: