Mental health stigmas in the medical sector

Mental health

As we approach Mental Health Awareness Month, it seems an appropriate time to introduce this month's question, which looks at mental health stigmas amongst medical professionals.

According to the British Medical Journal, nearly one-third of doctors experience some kind of mental disorder. Yet for many it’s a shameful secret, because of the deep stigma towards mental illness that still exists in the medical profession.

Stigmatisation has inward-facing impacts for health professionals’ own willingness to seek help or disclose a mental health problem, which can result in an over-reliance on self-treatment, low peer support, and increased risk of suicide.

We surveyed the 9476 healthcare professionals working in Europe (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany), Canada and the United States, asking them:

"Do you think there is a stigma attached to healthcare professionals seeking treatment for mental health issues?"

You can find in the video below what the M3 Global Research community answered to this question.


By registering with M3 Global Research you will receive the Monthly Pulse directly to your inbox and you will be able to share your opinion about relevant healthcare related issue and compare your thoughts with your colleagues around the World.


  1. Mental health has been hidden behind a curtain of stigma and discrimination for too long. It is time to bring it out into
    the open. The magnitude, suffering and burden in terms of disability and costs for individuals, families and societies
    are staggering. In the last few years, the world has become more aware of this enormous burden and the potential
    for mental health gains. We can make a difference using existing knowledge ready to be applied.
    We need to enhance our investment in mental health substantially and we need to do it now

  2. There is undoubtedly a big frequency of mental health problems among health care professionals and the nature of the direction of actions for health on others favors lack of recognition and sadly could put professionals in an unfair situation of doubtful accountability. The same as with any other person, mental health problems should be discussed as health problems with causes, consequences, and different degrees of affection. A practical and non-judgemental mindset is necessary to face a reality that needs scientific actions and improvement of the environment that promotes mental health disorders.

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