Tomorrow, Paul Stemman, Head of Policy and Campaigns, and Celia Hulme, Campaigns Officer, will be visiting Luciana Berger MP, shadow minister for (mental) health. Here he explains more.
“We want to explain the problems faced by Deaf people who want psychological therapy. We will tell her about some of the terrible experiences people have had and the barriers that are faced. And we will explain what we think should be done to get rid of these barriers and provide equity of access: so Deaf people get the same from the health service as hearing people.
We hope Luciana Berger will want to support our campaign Therapy, The Deaf Way. Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, is our target, and hopefully Luciana Berger can help us put pressure on him. If he feels under enough pressure he might just do the right thing!
The campaign has already shown that a huge number of people want to see a nationally commissioned psychological therapy service, where the therapist can sign fluently in BSL. We have been delighted by the response so far – people signing the petition and sharing on social media. Now we need to reach those in power.
We will do another blog tomorrow to let you know how we got on.”
UPDATE 2nd March 2016 from Celia Hulme, Campaigns Officer
“We have just come out of a meeting with Luciana Berger, Shadow Minister of Mental Health.
She fully supports Therapy, the Deaf Way campaign.
She was very keen to find out the problems and barriers that we have and realised that we do need support.
She will offer her support by asking questions to the Minister of Health, Jeremy Hunt. If we are not satisfied or happy with his response she will further support the campaign by sending letters and handing in petitions.
She will also tweet and use Facebook to raise awareness about our problems.
Luciana also said that her door is always open if we need further support from her.
Please carry on watching this space! Thank you.”
Image Credit: San Sharma