Authors: Dianne Briffa, QLD
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Research, Evaluation, Quality Improvement, Deafness and mental illness
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This project was designed to identify the mental health needs of those Deaf people who are a culturally unique group, as well as hearing impaired people who form a much larger group within the community. A survey questionnaire, focus group discussions and personal interviews were used to explore the experiences, concerns and suggestions for service improvement expressed by members of the Deaf community, the hearing impaired group, carers, mental health professionals and other key support workers. Findings suggest that many mental health practitioners and other health professionals were not aware of service delivery issues for deaf people. It was also found that information on mental illness and other emotional problems is not being provided to Deaf people in a language that is understood by them.