Anna grew up in an extremely violent home and was physically hurt by her mother. This is no coincidence – deaf children are twice as likely as hearing people to experience abuse . Anna is now safe, but the complex and deep rooted mental health issues she developed continued to affect her deeply.
Anna knew she needed help, but didn’t know where to turn. Counselling seemed a waste of time – without an interpreter there would be no chance of two-way communication. With an interpreter she would have to share her most intimate thoughts and fears in front of not one, but two strangers.
Fortunately, Anna was referred to SignHealth, the national health and wellbeing charity for Deaf people. SignHealth was able to provide a therapist for Anna who could not only speak the same language – British Sign Language – but was also Deaf. It is no exaggeration that Anna’s life was transformed.
“SignHealth saved me” Anna said. “To be able to chat to a professional who actually understood me and could sign with me was such a relief – it was the turning point in my life….“
The SignHealth therapists make an immediate connection with the deaf people needing their support and as a result recovery rates are much higher than with conventional services.
Being able to talk to a therapist in the same language may seem obvious, but without SignHealth this isn’t available for most Deaf people.
With your help, we could prevent the mental health issues of more deaf people like Anna spiralling out of control.