“Mental Health and Wellbeing for all people affected by deafness: Past, Present and Future”
SCoD started to campaign for inclusive mental health services for people with a hearing loss in Scotland in 1927, the year the organisation was set up. Today it continues to campaign for mental health and wellbeing services and information to be fully inclusive for everyone, including people across the four pillars of deafness.
It is 10 years since SCoD published the research paper “Making the Case for Specialist Mental Health Services in Scotland”. The current paper shows the developments that have been put in place for people with a hearing loss in Scotland who need support to maintain good mental health and wellbeing. It also shows what still needs to be done.
Health conditions question in the 2021 Census
SCoD has been involved in the consultations on the 2021 Census questions, especially the health questions.
Before the last Census in 2011, SCoD had lobbied for the “harmonised” health question to be changed to include the 4 pillars of deafness and we were told that this could not be done for a number of reasons.
As the See Hear strategy has been in place for five years and one of its “asks” is that more accurate data is collected on the number of people with a hearing loss in Scotland and the level of their deafness, our ask has become a need as the Census is an accurate method of collecting data on people in Scotland and their health conditions. We would ask our members to continue to support the campaign to change the health conditions question and the accompanying guidance so that Scotland has the accurate information it needs to be able to give people with a hearing loss equality and parity with their hearing peers.
To read the briefing, click here for the WORD version
To read the briefing, click here for the PDF version
In 2017, Scotland will become the first part of the UK to introduce the socio-economic duty. The Scottish Government recently consulted on its plans to ask particular public authorities to do more to tackle the inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage. In particular, the duty aims to make sure that strategic decisions about the most important issues are carefully thought through so that they are as effective as they can be in tackling socio-economic disadvantage and reducing inequalities of outcome.
SCoD wrote a briefing for the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee (the Committee is now the Equalities and Human Rights Committee) on Deaf People and Human Rights.
To read the briefing, click here for the word version.
To read the briefing, click here for the pdf version.