Anti-Bullying Week was a huge opportunity for us to educate young Deaf people about bullying and very importantly, how to stop it.
Bullying, domestic abuse and depression are largely reported in the Deaf community, with half of all Deaf women at risk of domestic abuse, and the prevalence of mental health problems in Deaf people being approximately twice those of hearing people.
We can largely blame inaccessible information and services for both.
We are working to reduce these issues by educating people as early as possible. If we can teach young people what bullying is, what’s acceptable behaviour and what’s not, we hope to reduce the statistics dramatically and give Deaf children the same healthy future as hearing children.
Two of our support workers were out and about during Anti-Bullying Week, visiting schools to raise awareness about online bullying.