New films released to help deaf people in area

A NEW series of short films have been produced to break down communication barriers and improve access to information about mental health services for deaf people.

The Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) South Yorkshire has made four short films for deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users.

Presented using sign language and with subtitles, the films provide mental health information for professionals, service users and carers.

They also feature information about the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and how to access mental health services.

THe films are available to view via a link on the RDaSH website, and are also in DVD format from the RDaSH service for deaf people with mental health needs.

RDaSH specialist mental health lead for the deaf Rebecca Walls said: ”The average reading age of a deaf person is nine.

“This is because BSL is different linguistically and structurally to English.

“BSL is not a written language so English is a second language to BSL users.

“This may provide a barrier to services, as the majority of information and communication is via written means.”