Welcome to the September Newsletter

First – an apology, this Newsletter should have been in August but there was very little news to report.   But we have big news to report – here it is!

Watch this Space!  Book into your Diaries now!

BSMHD has teamed up with St Andrews Healthcare to launch our Conference next June.  It will probably be on 29th June 2021 – so book that into your diaries.

The theme of the Conference is “Trauma”.  If anyone is interested in presenting a paper about your work on Trauma and Deaf people, please let me know on info@bsmhd.org.uk

If is not possible to have the Conference, we will instead have a series of webinars so no-one can miss out.

We know that the Covid-19 crisis is affecting everyone in different ways. For some, it has an impact on their mental health and Deaf people are no different.  We have been contacted by some people asking what we can offer. So we have posted a new video on our website explaining our role.  The link is: https://bsmhd.org.uk/aboutus/

We will be having a survey with those organisations that helped to distribute our Guidance documents to see what impact our Guidance made in the community.  We hope to be publishing our results in the next Newsletter.  For now, our Guidance documents are still available on our website – in BSL and English: https://bsmhd.org.uk/

We have two bits of information from Mental Health Today.

First is a report released on 2nd September on their website about how the Covid-19 pandemic affected one person’s health.  The article describes how one person was coping well on the rehabilitation unit with distraction techniques, but lockdown affected the freedom to do things and here is a quote: “After experiencing the aggressive voices my distraction techniques stopped working and the threats felt real to me.”  Here is the link: https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/blog/inequality/how-the-covid-19-pandemic-affected-my-mental-health

Mental health today has also reported that the “Teach Me Well” package is scheduled to start in schools this month.  There are resources available for schools.  For more information -see the link: https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/teach-me-well

Stay safe!