Perspectives of People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Cover of Community Mental Health Journal
Linda Cabral, MM
University of Massachusetts Medical School

This qualitative study sought to better understand the experiences of deaf and hard of hearing individuals with accessing recovery-oriented mental health services and peer support via a focus group and interviews. Cultural brokers were used to facilitate culturally-sensitive communication with study participants. Findings indicate that access to adequate mental health services, not just recovery-oriented and peer support services, is not widely available for this population, largely due to communication barriers. Feelings of isolation and stigma are high among this population. Public mental health systems need to adapt and expand services for various cultural groups to insure recovery.