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Deaf Mental Health for Professional

We are pleased to announce that we are working with SignHealth, a national Deaf charity. SignHealth invites you to a workshop aimed at professionals who would like to know more about how D/deaf people experience mental health, and why they often struggle to access services. 

Did you know that D/deaf people are twice as likely to experience mental health problems in comparison to hearing people? This workshop will look at the underlying reasons for this such as educational history, language and cultural deprivation, and the everyday barriers deaf people face.

You will learn about the diverse deaf community and D/deaf culture, and why D/deaf people benefit from having a therapist who understands their experience and who can communicate with them in British Sign Language (BSL). You will learn why booking a BSL/English interpreter is not the same as receiving therapy directly in BSL.

The workshop will also cover why deaf people experience longer waiting times to access therapy, and about the referral process. You will learn about SignHealth's offer of psychological therapy, and how to refer to us through a GP.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will know how best to work together to improve equitable access for D/deaf people in mental health services.

Sign Health is collaborating with local Deaf charity - Zebra Access to provide this training. To sign up, please email Sean Noone at

To learn more about SignHealth, visit and follow SignHealth's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Services includes Employment Services, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.

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