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Mental Health project wins award for breaking down communication barriers for Deaf community

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Mental Health project helping Deaf people access mental health services was a winner at an awards ceremony dedicated to breaking down communication barriers across Scotland. 

The Project was celebrated in the outstanding approach to partnership working across all services category at the Scottish Sensory and Equality Awards. 

The ceremony at Glasgow’s DoubleTree by Hilton celebrated the work of organisations and individuals across the country helping to breaking down barriers. 

Health improvement practitioner Paul Hull, who leads the Mental Health project, said:  “It was an absolute pleasure to accept the award as we’re dedicated to making healthcare services inclusive to all and this is a very welcome recognition of our work. 

“We want Deaf people to experience positive mental wellbeing and are working to help break down any barriers as we know loneliness and social isolation are major public health risks for deaf people. 

“Ultimately, the aim of the Mental Health Project is to tackle the stigma often faced by Deaf people and promoting greater access to healthcare services and a better connection with society as a whole. 

“We are all immensely proud of creating Scotland’s first British Sign Language glossary on mental health in Scotland and the ‘Positive Signs’ resource which are enabling the deaf community to communicate more knowledgably about mental health issues.” 

The ceremony was held by deafscotland to recognise organisations and individuals across Scotland helping to build a society which works for everyone by breaking down societal barriers. 

The Mental Health Project is funded by Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership and used across the NHSGGC board area.

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