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Mental Health – Disabled and Deaf people

Key findings

Disabled and Deaf people are more likely to experience poor mental health than the wider population.

As life expectancy rises, we can expect to see more people living with impairments in the future.

Disabled and Deaf people face additional barriers to accessing appropriate support at every stage of the mental health pathway, from prevention to crisis.

Mental health services are not always good at dealing with the physical needs of service users, while disability services often overlook psychological needs. This is not good news for those who have both.

Supporting independent living is a critical component of enabling good mental wellbeing for disabled and Deaf people.
Joined up policy is needed to tackle issues such as housing, transport, employment and crime. These contribute to a disabling society that damages mental health.

Only by including the voices of disabled and Deaf people will we be able to create services that meet their needs.