Men more likely to attach stigma to depression: report

TOKYO (Reuters Life!) - Men are more likely to discriminate against people suffering from depression than women and one in five people would refuse to work with someone who is depressed, a survey by Australian researchers found.

The survey of more than 6,000 Australian adults showed that men, less educated people and migrants were more likely to attach a stigma to depression, Australian news agency AAP reported.

“This is the first study to systematically investigate predictors of personal stigma among those people with high levels of depressive symptoms,” AAP quoted Professor Kathy Griffiths, one of the researchers, as saying.

“While our study showed that stigma is not as widespread as many members of the public think, it is still a problem.”

The survey, published on Friday in BioMed Central, was conducted by Griffiths and Professor Helen Christensen from Australian National University and Professor Anthony Jorm from the University of Melbourne.

Reporting by Sophie Hardach; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani