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Developing effective and person-centred mental health support for Deaf and hard of hearing people: Strategic Briefing (2021)

Published: 02/11/2021

Author: Sutton J


As a strategic leader, taking time to fully consider the cultural and linguistic issues for Deaf and hard of hearing people, and recognising the way these might interact with mental health issues, is a crucial basis for an improved response. Research has highlighted that Deaf and hard of hearing people may feel a ‘double stigma’ when accessing services because they have continually to explain their needs both as a person experiencing mental health difficulties and as a Deaf or hard of hearing person (Cabral et al., 2013, p. 652).

Strategic leaders’ first task, then, is to recognise fully the potential co-existence of deafness and mental health difficulties and the different forms that this may take. From there, issues of accessibility, co-production of services, multi-agency working via systems leadership, communication, and identity can all be considered.

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