Perspectives of People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support
Center for Health Policy and Research; Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Medical Subject Headings
Deafness; Hearing Loss; Mental Health Services; Health Services Accessibility
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Public Health
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.