Sign language community in Dearne Valley helped with information event

Community event.
Community event.

Two events for the borough’s deaf British sign language community – including people in the Dearne Valley – are to be held at Myplace in Rotherham.

The youth centre in St Ann’s Road will host events from 10am to noon on consecutive Tuesdays December 2 and 9.

Organised by South Yorkshire Service for Deaf People with mental Health Needs, run by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, the event includes stalls, presentations and British Sign language interpreters. The service is jointly commissioned by clinical commissioning groups in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It works with mental health teams across South Yorkshire to support the care and treatment of deaf people, as well as working with deaf and hearing carers to support them in looking after their relatives with mental health problems.

RDaSH service manager Michaela Power said: “About one in four hearing people are likely to experience a mental health problem at some point during their lives, but for deaf and hard of hearing people this figure is even higher.

“These events aim to show deaf people experiencing mental health problems they are not alone, and provide information on the variety of services available to them and their carers.” For information send a Short Message Service to 07810 855987.