Deaf mental health: enhancing literacy through a hearing and deaf community collaboration




This article explores the process through which findings of a doctoral study became the impetus for the development of a Deaf Mental Health Committee and two community-based events intended to enhance the mental health literacy of the Deaf community in a large metropolitan city in central Canada. The author, a hearing professional and University professor has provided professional counselling services to clients including those who are Deaf and hard of hearing, and conducted a number of studies in and with the Deaf community. Her doctoral study reported on the experience and narratives of a sample of Deaf adults diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. Participant narratives highlighted gaps in understanding of mental health and mental illness. A goal of enhancing mental health literacy in the Deaf community developed into the establishment of a Deaf Mental Health Committee. This article presents the successes of that Deaf and hearing collaboration.


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Biografia do Autor

Tracey Anne Bone, University of Manitoba (UM), Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadá,

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Social Work); Master of Social Work; Bachelor of Social Work. Registered Social Worker.

Current academic occupation: Assistant Professor - Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba.




Como Citar

BONE, T. A. Deaf mental health: enhancing literacy through a hearing and deaf community collaboration. Revista UFG, Goiânia, v. 20, n. 26, 2020. DOI: 10.5216/revufg.v20.67079. Disponível em: Acesso em: 16 ago. 2022.



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