Improving mental health services for Deaf people
Video: Guidance to improve Deaf people’s access to mental
This video highlights ten key recommendations for improving
mental health services for Deaf people, translated into British
Sign Language (BSL). Guidance for commissioners of primary care
mental health services for deaf people has been produced by the
Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, led by Royal College
of Psychiatrists and Deaf charity SignHealth.
As many as two in three Deaf people in the UK struggle with
mental health problems, but most find it too difficult to access
We have produced guidance for commissioners of primary care
mental health serviced to improve Deaf people’s access to mental
Despite having poorer mental health than the rest of the
population, the 60,000 people across the UK who use sign language
as their main language often come up against barriers when seeking
mental health services.
The guidance, from the Joint Commissioning Panel for
Mental Health, in conjunction with the Deaf charity SignHealth,
makes recommendations, particularly that deaf people should be able
to access a therapist fluent in sign language, and offers practical
steps to be taken by commissioners.
guidance, and the ten key messages for commissioners.