Rotherham Deaf Mental Health Awareness events success

Two mental health awareness events for the borough’s Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) community have been hailed a great success.

The educational sessions on mental health at Rotherham Myplace were run by Project Support WorkerFaye Routledge, and Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Peter Shaw who are themselves both Deaf, and organised by South Yorkshire Service for Deaf People with Mental Health Needs, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

IAPT Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (left) and Project Support Worker Faye Routledge (right) with delegates at the mental health awareness event at Rotherham Myplace.IAPT Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (left) and Project Support Worker Faye Routledge (right) with delegates at the mental health awareness event at Rotherham Myplace.

The service is jointly commissioned by clinical commissioning groups in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It works with mental health teams across South Yorkshire to support the care and treatment of deaf people, as well as working with deaf and hearing carers to support them in looking after their relatives with mental health problems.

RDaSH Service Manager Michaela Power said: “About one in four hearing people are likely to experience a mental health problem at some point during their lives, but for deaf and hard of hearing people this figure is even higher.

“These events showed deaf people experiencing mental health problems they are not alone, and provided information on the variety of services available to them and their carers.”

For more information about the South Yorkshire Service for Deaf People, please email faye.routledge@rdash.nhs.uk, or send an SMS to 07810 855987.