Lothian Deaf Community Mental Health
- Edinburgh & Lothians
Deaf Action, working in partnership with NHS Lothian, has developed Lothian’s Deaf Community Mental Health Service (LDCMHS). LDCMHS is Scotland’s first community mental health service for deaf people who have mental health, psychological or emotional needs that make everyday living more difficult.
The service is provided by a community mental health nurse and an occupational therapist.
What is mental health?
Mental health problems are very common with one in four people inScotlandexperiencing some form of mental illness. There are many illnesses and conditions that can affect anyone; some common conditions include:
- Feelings of anger that can affect relationships
- Anxiety/panic attacks, feeling worried all the time
- Depression, low mood, feeling sad, crying a lot
- Psychosis; schizophrenia, manic depression, hearing strange noises, seeing strange things
What to expect
- Support and advice
- Help understanding your mental health
- Advice on other specialist help available
- Support with structuring your life or routine
- A drop in service to meet people and get involved in community activities
Who is LDCMHS for?
- All deaf people including Deaf British Sign Language users, those that are deafened, deafblind or hard of hearing.
- People aged 18 or over
- People living within the NHS Lothian area:Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian andWest Lothian
- People registered with a GP in Lothian
- People who are experiencing mental, psychological or emotional problems
If you do not live within the NHS Lothian area you may find Scottish Mental Health Service for Deaf People useful. www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Services/A-Z/mhdeafservice/Pages/default.aspx
The LDCMHS team is based at our Head Office in Edinburgh, get in touch, to find out more or to arrange a home visit.
You may also find the Lothian Deaf Counselling Service helpful.