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The mental health service needs of the Deaf and the development of a National Plan

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dc.contributor.author Bridgman, Geoff
dc.contributor.author McPherson, Brent
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-24T22:06:37Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-24T22:06:37Z
dc.date.issued 1998-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10652/1971
dc.description.abstract Issues surrounding the mental health of Deaf people receive little attention from practitioners in mental health services. International studies have shown that Deaf people are vulnerable to misdiagnosis of mental illness, denial of services and inappropriate services. In particular mental health services are unwilling or unable to recognise the relationship between Deaf culture and language and the delivery of adequate mental health promotion, and prevention and treatment of mental illness in the Deaf population. At present, most Deaf clients requiring mental health services only have access to those services provided by hearing professionals, the majority of whom have only superficial knowledge of Deaf culture, New Zealand Sign Language and the dynamics of the Deaf community. In Auckland and Northland, there are no qualified Deaf mental health professionals to deal with major illness such as schizophrenia, depression, and substance abuse and personality disorders within the Deaf community. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.subject Deaf practitioners en_NZ
dc.subject Mental health needs en_NZ
dc.subject Mental illness en_NZ
dc.subject New Zealand Sign Language en_NZ
dc.title The mental health service needs of the Deaf and the development of a National Plan en_NZ
dc.type Conference Contribution - Oral Presentation en_NZ
dc.rights.holder Authors en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden 111714 Mental Health en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Bridgman, G., & McPherson, B. (1998, October). The mental health service needs of the Deaf and the development of a National Plan. Paper presented at the Community Mental Health Conference "Building Bridges", Christchurch. en_NZ
unitec.institution Unitec Institute of Technology en_NZ
unitec.conference.title Building Bridges - Community Mental Health Conference en_NZ
unitec.conference.location Christchurch en_NZ
unitec.conference.sdate 1998-10-21
unitec.conference.edate 1998-10-23
unitec.peerreviewed no en_NZ


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