Mental Health and wellbeing groups, charities and organisations are joining together on Saturday 10th October to celebrate World Mental Health day.
The Deaf Health Charity SignHealth, in partnership with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), is marking the day with the launch of a series of mental health self-help guides in British Sign Language (BSL).
SignHealth’s Sick of It Report revealed that Deaf people have worse health than hearing people because communication difficulties mean it is harder for them to access information and advice. 8 out of 10 Deaf people want to communicate in BSL but only 3 in 10 get the chance.
Commenting, Hazel Flynn Clinic Strategic Management Lead for SignHealth’s BSL Healthy Minds said:
“The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Dignity in Mental Health’. Having the information you need to manage your own mental health is part of that. In the past, Deaf people have not had equal access to this information. Providing information in BSL makes it more accessible, giving Deaf people greater control and autonomy over their own health.”
The self-help guides, which are supported by NHS England’s Regional Innovation Fund, are available to view on SignHealth’s website www.signhealth.org.uk and also at www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/selfhelp and via YouTube.