If a hearing person has depression, they can have 1-1 counselling. They can confide in their therapist without communication being a problem.
For Deaf people, it’s a very different story.
- Deaf BSL users need a third person in the room, an interpreter.
- If an interpreter isn’t provided, how do the patient and therapist communicate? It causes even more stress, frustration and isolation for the Deaf person.
- Many Deaf people have mental health problems because of everyday barriers they experience. Often, hearing people do not understand this cultural problem.
The prevalence of mental health problems in deaf people is around twice those of hearing people.
BSL Healthy Minds are working to stop this.
During Deaf Awareness Week 2015, we are focused on raising awareness of all of our projects, including BSL Healthy Minds.
If you didn’t know the barriers Deaf people experience when trying to access mental health support, please share this post. The more people that see it, the more likely we are to keep our life saving service going.
Please watch Philip, one of our PWPs, explain more about the work BSL Healthy Minds does.