Following a meeting with Luciana Berger MP, shadow minister for (mental) health, Paul Stemman, Head of Policy and Campaigns, and Celia Hulme, Campaigns Officer, give an update for Therapy, The Deaf Way.
“Celia and I had a very useful meeting with the shadow health minister, Luciana Berger MP. We explained about the inequalities faced by Deaf people who want psychological therapy. Celia described some of the barriers that were commonly faced, and the variation around the country.
Luciana not only agreed to support the ‘Therapy, the Deaf Way’ campaign, but she listened. She wanted to understand the issues and do what she could to help.
We talked about the petition and the next stages of the campaign. It was agreed that Luciana would ask some primary questions, and we would see what the Government’s reaction was. We would then look at increasing pressure on the Government.
It was surprising – and very welcome – to see that Luciana could fingerspell her name. She explained that she couldn’t sign, but knew some Makaton. And she then agreed to sign her support for the campaign in BSL, and let Celia film her. There aren’t many senior politicians who would agree to that!
Did the situation for Deaf people suddenly change in that 30 minutes? No. But we now have an important friend who is supporting the campaign. As more people sign the petition to show their support, and as we gather more support at Westminster, the campaign gets stronger and stronger. Please do whatever you can to support the campaign. It’s our best chance of getting equal access.
We must not let this inequality continue!”