At SignHealth we support Deaf people in a variety of different ways, including providing psychological therapy in BSL. We help people like Amy.
Before she became depressed, Amy* was a bubbly person who loved to socialise. She saw friends regularly, enjoyed volunteering and had a love for life. But when a close friend died, Amy plummeted into depression: “My world came upside down. I became quiet, withdrawn, sad,” she says.
As her depression worsened, Amy started to have very ‘dark thoughts’ – she soon broke down – which is not surprising; 40% of people who are Deaf experience mental health problems.
Luckily Amy was referred to SignHealth. As all our therapists are either Deaf or fluent British Sign Language (BSL) users they make an immediate connection with those needing their support and as a result recovery rates are much higher than in conventional services. Amy was soon able to face her problems and started to recover. Today she no longer has suicidal thoughts and is determined to stay well. Her life is back on track and she is much happier and healthier.
Being able to talk to a therapist in one’s own language, whether face-to-face or online, may seem obvious, but this isn’t available for most Deaf people. That’s why SignHealth provides the specialised therapists that are needed.
* To protect the identity of our client no real names or photos have been used.