At MSDP we are passionate about supporting the health and wellbeing of our members, and of the wider Deaf/Hard of Hearing community in Liverpool. That is why, from October, we will be supporting Liverpool County Council’s new campaign to get everyone talking about mental health.
A good way to look after your mental health is to spend time with people who understand what it is like to be Deaf or Hard of Hearing. As a lady in one of our Hard of Hearing Groups said “I would have lost my sanity if it wasn’t for this group. I felt so isolated at home and here people don’t just say ‘it doesn’t matter’ if you can’t hear what they have said”.
We run social groups throughout the week for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the MSDP Community Room. Find the times/dates for the groups and how to get involved on the community groups page.
In the summer we were lucky enough to receive funding to deliver fitness and wellbeing sessions specifically for Deaf BSL users, in partnership with DeafActive.
The funding from Public Health Liverpool and The Life Rooms at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has enabled Deaf Active and Merseyside Society for Deaf People to work together in delivering Fitness and Wellbeing sessions that create a platform to improve the lives of Deaf people and support a marginalised group with improving mental health. It will give Deaf people the opportunity to participate in a range of health and fitness activities. This is also an excellent opportunity for Deaf Active and MSDP to further raise awareness to mainstream fitness providers of the barriers and obstacles that Deaf people face when accessing their services.
As part of the project we have organised a number of Health Walks, to encourage the Deaf community to use walking as a way to improve their physical and mental health, and socialise in the great outdoors.
You can find out more about the project and how to get involved on the DeafActive website.
Are you struggling with anxiety or depression? Are you a Deaf BSL user? Our partners SignHealth can help. All of their therapists can communicate in BSL, so you can speak directly to someone who will understand. Find out how to access the free NHS service on the SignHealth website or fill in the self-referral form.
SignHealth also have a wide variety of BSL self-help guides to support your mental health in the Your Mind section of their Health Video Library.