Center for Health Policy and Research (CHPR) Publications


Perspectives of People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing on Mental Health, Recovery, and Peer Support

UMMS Affiliation

Center for Health Policy and Research; Commonwealth Medicine

Publication Date


Document Type



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.


Mental health, Recovery and peer support, Deaf and hard of hearing community, Cultural brokers

DOI of Published Version



Cabral L, Muhr K, Savageau J. Perspectives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing on mental health, recovery, and peer support. Community Ment Health J. 2013 Dec;49(6):649-57. doi: 10.1007/s10597-012-9569-z. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Community mental health journal

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed