Access to mental health services

Poor access to mental health services for deaf people (and others)

Access to health information is limited. eg: why they need certain medication, what it does etc.

Especially information that is accessible to the deaf community.

Why the contribution is important

  • Making sure all people have the information that they need to make an informed decision.  This will vary between different disability groups.
  • Guidelines regarding assessment and treatment in the mental health sector. 
  • Made with consultation.
  • More integrated approach in the healt hsystem so that people aren't isolated.
  • Need input from grassroots organisations.
  • Need to be more connected with the community for them to share their stories to speak for themselves not just a representative from that community without agency representative only.
  • Review the DPO
  • Need a disability commission!
  • Agencies been informed about these meetings but not the general public.  Need to let more people know.

by Auroracentre on November 21, 2018 at 02:21PM

Current Rating

Average score : 5.0
Based on : 1 vote


  • Posted by pskirrow February 11, 2019 at 10:16

    This is incredibly important and an often neglected area of disability care. Many people with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities frequently don't 'fit' into more generic services and mental health support Ie.g. access to psychologists' is often seen as less important than access to physical rehabilitation and environmental adaptations. This is despite the evidence that people with disabilities are disproportionately MUCH more likely to experience poor mental health than their non-disabled peers.
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