The Scottish Mental Illness Stigma Study: Final Report

Wendy Halliday, Jo Finlay, Simon Hunter, Lorraine Simpson, Derek Ewens, Alastair Graham, Abi Sharp, Ian Christie, Katie Allan, Pamela Jenkins

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


There is a growing appreciation that mental health exists on a spectrum, that mental health fluctuate and anyone can experience mental health problems. Despite this, the findings from this research indicate that stigma toward those living with mental illness endures across many areas of life.
The Scottish Mental Illness Stigma Study (SMISS) aimed to identify the experiences of stigma and discrimination faced by people who reported living with severe, complex and/or enduring mental illness in Scotland. It was inspired by the Australian National Stigma Report Card.
SMISS was commissioned by and carried out on behalf of See Me, Scotland’s national anti-stigma programme, in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University (School of Health and Life Sciences) and The Lines Between.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMental Health Foundation
Commissioning bodySee Me Scotland
Number of pages242
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022


  • stigma
  • mental illness
  • discrimination in childhood


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