SignHealth is the deaf health charity for deaf children and adults. We work to give Deaf children and adults a brighter and healthier future across the UK.
We have a range of projects, services and campaigns in British Sign Language (BSL), all aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of deaf people.
Our work is varied and aims to give deaf people easier access to healthcare and information, as well as providing services which are not provided elsewhere. Some of our work is funded on a case by case basis by the NHS, and some is funded entirely by grants from trusts, or by donations and fundraising events like sign2sing.
Deafness leads to isolation, and poor service from doctors. Deaf children are twice as likely to grow up with an undiagnosed life-threatening condition or issues with mental health.
We actively campaign to change that and to change the future landscape for deaf children growing up today, for example by promoting the Accessible Information Standard.
We are delighted that our work has been recognised and that we were awarded the top prize in the Disability category in the 2016 Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.
We won the award for its BSL Healthy Minds project, the only national psychological therapy service whose specialist workforce are all deaf or deaf culturally-aware, and fluent in British Sign Language.
Studies show that 40 per cent of deaf people will develop a mental health problem at some point in their lives – twice the rate of the hearing population. Yet BSL Healthy Minds is the first such service specifically designed for deaf people. To find out more about BSL Healthy Minds and this award please visit our website.
For more information about the other work we do and other ways you can support the charity, please visit the SignHealth website.