Mental health service for deaf people
The Northern Ireland mental health service for deaf people is a specialist mental health service for people aged 18 and older who are profoundly deaf.
Our team offers medical, nursing and psychological assessment and intervention where appropriate. We also aim to improve access to mental health services in your local area.
Our level of involvement will be based on an individual needs assessment.
Services are provided through sign language (British and Irish) and/or with interpreters.
Clinics are provided in regional centres or through home visits as appropriate.
There are other, non-statutory service providers for deaf people. If a mental health issue arises, we can offer consultation and advice, and help provide access to the appropriate service.
Please note: We are unable to respond to requests for involvement where safety plans or risk management is the current priority. We will provide specialist guidance on matters related to deafness and mental health.
Our team includes:
- clinical nurse specialists
- consultant psychiatrist
- clinical psychologist
We accept referrals from the following:
- acute / community mental health team
- consultant psychiatrist / psychologist
- sensory support team (with an agreement that your GP will be notified and appropriate medical information forwarded)
- ear, nose and throat (ENT) service
- audiology service
- speech and language therapist (with an agreement to make your GP aware of the referral)
Please include as much relevant information as possible with the referral.
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).
British Deaf Association (Belfast office)
British Society for Mental Health and Deafness
Mental health conditions, treatments and medications (Health and Social Care Board website)
Minding Your Head
Patient and Client Council
Public Health Agency
Rethink Mental Illness
Royal College of Psychiatrists
RNID in Northern Ireland