World Mental Health Day is today, 10th October. The reason there is an official mental health day is to raise awareness about mental health education and services.
We all know that Deaf people have a higher risk of developing mental health issues, partly because Deaf people experience isolation, and partly because of communication barriers.
As the leading Deaf Health Charity, we are trying our hardest to change this, and provide mental health services specifically for Deaf people.
On our website, we have a collection of BSL videos giving information about mental health.
The clips explain different types of mental health conditions, for example bereavement, depression and panic. They explain what the symptoms are and how they can be treated. They also give techniques to help people manage their emotions.
BSL Healthy Minds
BSL Healthy Minds is SignHealth’s Deaf mental health counselling service. All of our therapists and counsellors sign fluently. Some are hearing, but most are Deaf.
The national recovery rate from patients who receive therapy is 44%, but for Deaf people using BSL Healthy Minds, it is 75%.
Our service does not require interpreters, making it cheaper than a Deaf patient seeing a hearing therapist. Our service is also more effective as it is not three way.
We visit Deaf clubs regularly to tell Deaf people about our service – have a look to see when we are visiting a Deaf club near you.
Image Credit: Helga Weber