Difficulties with communication: If a Deaf person goes to their GP to talk about their problems or to seek advice, it’s likely that the person they speak to won’t be able to sign. If an interpreter is provided, the Deaf person will have to talk about private issues via a third party.
Lack of accessible information: Deaf people find it more difficult to access information about services and advice because most health leaflets and posters are written in English. Many Deaf people use British Sign Language, which has a grammar and structure different to English.
Lack of access to informal information: Unlike hearing people, many deaf people are unable to access informal information about mental health. For instance, they cannot hear items on the radio and television that explain what mental health problems are and how to get help if you need it.
Lack of understanding of deaf culture: Many mainstream therapists don’t understand deaf culture. Even if they can sign they don’t have the same insight into the barriers and frustrations faced by deaf people which can affect their mental health. Some deaf people find that going to see a mainstream therapists makes their sense of isolation worse not better.