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Mental Health project shortlisted for award dedicated to tackling communication barriers

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A Mental Health project making it easier for deaf people to access mental health services is a finalist at an awards ceremony dedicated to breaking down communication barriers in Scotland.

The Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership project supported by us has been shortlisted in the outstanding approach to partnership working across all services category at the upcoming Scottish Sensory and Equality Awards.

Hosted at Glasgow’s DoubleTree by Hilton on Friday 15 March, the ceremony will champion organisations and individuals across the country helping to breaking down barriers. 

Health improvement practitioner Paul Hull, who leads the Mental Health project, said: “We are dedicated to making healthcare services inclusive to all and this nomination is a welcome recognition of our work. 

“The primary aim of the project is to reduce the barriers for deaf people accessing mental health care. Already it has had a significant positive impact across mental health services throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

“We have developed a range of teaching tools such as the British Sign Language Mental Health glossary designed to improve knowledge of mental health issues often experienced by the deaf community. 

“In addition we created a collection of short films called ‘Positive Signs’ highlighting significant mental health barriers and how deaf people can access health services.” 

The awards are being held by deafscotland to recognise organisations and individuals across Scotland.

Positive Signs can be viewed at: http://www.headsup.scot/services-and-support/heads-up-bsl/ 

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