Wendy Anderson’s piece on Limping Chicken recently about Deaf people needing ‘to understand what anxiety and depression are like’ is exactly what The British Society for Mental Health and Deafness (BSMHD) (who are a supporter of this site) have been promoting through the internationally recognised Adult Mental Health First Aid courses (www.mhfaengland.org).
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These courses are delivered by an accredited Deaf Instructor and the presentations are signed with the information being made more accessible for Deaf participants
The Samaritans do have a SMS number (07725 90 90 90), Textphone number (08457 90 91 92) and direct E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) but they are not responded to immediately or appear to be 24/7 which is obviously a concern when a deaf person is in crisis.
BSMHD promote this within the Mental Health First Aid (www.mhfaengland.org) training courses they run for the deaf community and ask all attendees to share this information.
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