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Table 5 respondents' attitudes towards care and treatment of people with mental illness.

From: Public perception of mental health in Iraq

  Agree Somewhat agree Neutral Somewhat disagree Disagree
Positive perception
Mental illness can be treated outside a hospital 25.37 40 11.22 12.68 10.73
Majority of people with mental illnesses recover 19.56 28.12 8.07 23.47 20.78
I would feel comfortable discussing a mental health issue of family member or myself with someone at PHC 58.74 8.74 16.5 9.95 6.07
Negative perception
One should hide mental illness from family 16.43 10.39 8.45 10.87 53.86
Mental illness cannot be cured 18.36 23.67 10.14 22.46 25.36
Mentally ill people should be in an institution to be under supervision and control 42.37 21.31 9.93 14.04 12.35
Mental Health Service availability
Information about mental illness is available at my PHC 7.35 8.33 19.36 17.89 47.06
Mental health services available in my community 7.54 11.68 11.92 12.9 55.96
PHC clinics can provide good care for mental illnesses 8.29 6.34 13.17 11.95 60.24