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Visual support reaches out to deaf mental health patients

Friday, 1 February 2013
Deaf community members struggling to cope with mental health issues can now access online support and direction thanks to a new initiative launched this week.
 
The North Wales Deaf Mental Health Network, part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, is reaching out across the worldwide web to those who need a helping hand.
The network provides a service aimed at adults over 18 years of age and aims to help a Deaf person with a mental health problem get the best help and support needed.
Mental health problems can affect anyone. It is estimated that a quarter of the hearing population can have mental health problems, but this rises to 40 per cent of the deaf community.
Mental Health Nurse David Reader explained: “Communication has been a problem in the past for the Deaf community wising to access mental health services. Mental Health problems are common, varied and can be tough to overcome on your own.
“Through the network, we aim to help a deaf person get the support they need to overcome their problems. We can offer various clinical support pathways if the patient comes to see us.
“This is where our new initiative comes in. We have produced an online bilingual clip which aims to promote how the network can help a Deaf person overcome mental health issues and get appropriate support.”
The clip is currently live on the health board’s website and also available for viewing on YouTube , making it easily accessible to social media browsers. It will also be distributed by dvd on request.
David added: “The North Wales Deaf Mental Health Network exists to provide a service to people with Deafness and mental health issues. If you or someone you know fits this bill, why not click on the link to play the video to find out more in a signed format.”
 
To see the clip please access the link below