View our suite of research reports and studies.

Fighting shadows 

Fighting Shadows

This study explored the issue of self-stigma (often called internalised stigma) from the perspective of people with experience of mental illness. It investigated the causes and effects of self-stigma and discussed means of combating it amongst people with experience of mental illness.

I haven't told them they haven't asked

I Haven't Told Them, They Haven't Asked

This report presents the findings of research undertaken with 22 people with experience of mental illness, who were asked about their employment experiences. The report has been supported by a review of literature published separately, focusing on the issues regarding employment, mental illness and stigma and discrimination.

Respect Costs nothing

Respect Costs Nothing

A survey of discrimination faced by people with experience of mental illness in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

A unique New Zealand sample of 785 people with experience of a mental illness, the survey asked people with experience of mental illness about the nature of any discrimination they may have experienced.

Stories of Success

Stories of Success

Mental health service users’ experiences of social inclusion in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Stories of Success focuses on the stories and experiences of services users who have experienced social inclusion, using them as a platform to further challenge stigma and discrimination. The people with lived experience who were participants in this project have described their starting place for social inclusion as a feeling or perception that it is a genuine possibility, and told of their increased sense of personal power and improved contribution to their relationships and communities.

Walk A Mile in Our Shoes

Walk A Mile In Our Shoes

Exploring Discrimination Within and Towards Families and  Whānau of People Diagnosed with "Mental Illness".

This research explores discrimination within and towards families and whānau of people diagnosed with mental illness. It also seeks to identify strategies to overcome these forms of discrimination.

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What works

Positive Experiences in Open Employment of Mental Health Service Users.

Workplaces that include and support people with experience of mental illness have multiple benefits for individuals, organisations and society in general. This report identifies critical factors that enable, and more particularly sustain, open employment of mental health service users, from both the employees’ and the employers’ perspectives.

- Mental Health Foundation Research Report 2015

Young People

Young People

Remove the barriers for our young people from yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The study sought to explore young people’s (aged 18 to 24 years) experiences of the nature and impacts of discrimination associated with mental health issues, and to identify strategies to reduce discrimination from a young person’s perspective.