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10 tips to keep your mental health in check: A guide for the Deaf community

Updated: May 14

It's Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2024), and this year's theme is "Movement: Moving more for our mental health". It's essential to remember that mental well-being is just as crucial for the Deaf community as it is for everyone else.

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Movement is important for our mental health, but many of us struggle to move enough.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, the focus is on helping people find moments for movement in their daily routines.


It's essential to implement strategies to maintain balance and resilience. Here are ten practical tips to help keep your mental health in check:


  • Stay Connected: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups within the Deaf community. Connection is vital for reducing feelings of isolation.

  • Communicate Your Needs: Don't hesitate to communicate your needs clearly and assertively, whether it's in personal relationships, work settings, or healthcare encounters.

  • Seek Support: If you're struggling, don't be afraid to seek professional help. Many therapists and counselors are trained in working with Deaf individuals and can provide valuable support. Talking therapies are available in British Sign Language (BSL) through SignHealth’s NHS Therapies for Deaf People service which provides therapists who are either Deaf or hearing and fluent in BSL, and some can also support deaf people who do not sign.  



  • Practice Self-Care: Make self-care a priority by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. This could include hobbies, exercise, meditation, or spending time in nature.

  • Set Boundaries: Learn to set healthy boundaries to protect your time, energy, and emotional well-being. Saying no when necessary is an important part of self-care.

  • Stay Informed: Educate yourself about mental health issues and resources available to the Deaf community. Contact The Deaf Health Charity Sign Health.

  • Stay Active: Regular physical activity has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health. Find activities you enjoy and make movement a regular part of your routine.

  • Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily life to cultivate awareness, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. This could include meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply taking moments to pause and appreciate the present moment.

  • Express Yourself: Find creative outlets for self-expression, whether it's through art, writing, or music. Expressing yourself can be therapeutic and help you process emotions.

  • Stay Positive: Focus on the positive aspects of life and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Practice self-compassion and treat yourself with kindness, especially during challenging times.


Remember, prioritising your mental health is not selfish; it's essential for overall well-being and quality of life.


By implementing these tips and seeking support when needed, you can cultivate resilience and thrive despite life's challenges.


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If you're struggling with feelings of depression, excessive worry, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress or obsessions and compulsions, NHS Talking Therapies can help. They are effective, free and also available in BSL.

Your GP can refer you or refer yourself at nhs.uk/talk

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