Guidance to improve Deaf people’s access to mental health services

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As many as two in three Deaf people in the UK struggle with mental health problems, but most find it too difficult to access psychological therapy.Guidance for commissioners of primary care mental health services for Deaf people from the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH) calls for improvement to deaf people’s access to mental health services and offer practical steps to be taken by commissioners.
The difficulties Deaf people face when seeking mental health help are often misunderstood and frequently assumed that booking an interpreter is enough.
This does not work for most deaf people, and can often make mental health treatments less effective as Andrea’s story (pdf 209KB) explains.
The guide’s recommendations, namely that Deaf people should be able to access a therapist fluent in sign language, have potential to make significant change to the mental health of many Deaf people. A BSL version of the press release is available to view here –
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2017-05-24T14:49:13+00:00 24th May 2017|0 Comments

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Sean is the communications Officer at Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and also deals with admin and office management. He enjoys the wide variety of his role which covers things like designing reports and documents, organising meetings, putting together ebulletins, writing blogs, updating the LOPF website and social media and making sure that the office never runs out of milk. He has worked in the third sector since 2001 first with Volition and then LOPF and is the longest serving member of the Forum Central team. Previous to this Sean had mainly worked in horticulture and also had a spell managing a newsagent shop.

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