Deaf people are twice as likely as hearing to experience a common mental health problem. Yet they do not have equal access to psychological therapy.
- Imagine having to tell someone about your mental health problems, who doesn’t know your language, with no communication support.
- Imagine going to see a therapist and having to discuss your personal problems via an interpreter.
Hearing people would not accept this, why should Deaf people? Deaf people should be able to see a therapist who can sign fluently. It’s not a lot to ask.
Join SignHealth’s campaign for Deaf people to receive Therapy the Deaf Way.[clear-line]
In the UK psychological therapy is commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). There are more than 200 CCGs in the UK. They decide what services are needed for people living in their area. That should include Deaf people!
Here’s how you can help
1) Write ‘I Support ?#?TherapyTheDeafWay?‘ on a piece of paper.
2) Take a photo of yourself holding the paper.
3) Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter and add the hasthtag #TherapyTheDeafWay
4) Sign the petition
Watch Bexi and Claire’s stories
Bexi was bereaved after the loss of her best friend. Deaf therapy changed her life. Watch Bexi’s story.
Claire suffered from depression after the birth of two children. She is still waiting for deaf therapy. Watch Claire’s story.