Deaf children are more likely to experience mental health issues compared to hearing children. This is a fact.
If you are under 18 years old and want mental health support, or you are worried about a young person who has mental health issues, contact your Doctor.
Below are two specialist services for Deaf young people experiencing mental health issues.
National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMH)
- This service supports Deaf children and young people aged 0-18 who use BSL as their first language and have emotional or behavioural issues.
- A child can access this service by getting a professional referral. This may come from a teacher, GP or paedeiatrician, any professional working with the child, young person or family.
Springfield University Hospital
- This is an inpatient service for Deaf children and young people aged 8-18 with severe mental health, behavioral and emotional problems. The hospital sleeps 6 people and all staff use BSL or SSE. Patients receive detailed assessments and personalised support. The team is made up of ‘child psychiatrists, a psychotherapist, a clinical psychologist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a speech and language therapist, child mental health workers, nursing staff, interpreters, and in the school unit, specialist teachers of the deaf’.
- A child can access this service by getting a professional referral from a GP, health professional, teacher or parent/carer.
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