Discrimination against people with a mental health diagnosis: qualitative analysis of reported experiences

  title={Discrimination against people with a mental health diagnosis: qualitative analysis of reported experiences},
  author={Sarah Hamilton and Elanor Lewis-Holmes and Vanessa Pinfold and Claire Henderson and Diana Rose and Graham Thornicroft},
  journal={Journal of Mental Health},
  pages={88 - 93}
Abstract Background: Discrimination towards people with a mental health diagnosis has public health implications. Recently, efforts have been made to tackle discrimination through campaigns and education. Understanding experiences of discrimination is vital in targeting efforts effectively. Aims: The study aimed to explore experiences of reported discrimination described by service users in a national survey in England. Method: Structured telephone interviews were conducted with 537 mental… 
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