Our Objectives

ESMHD provides a forum for achieving the following objectives: 

  •  Mental health practice appropriate to deaf people's needs 
  •  Access to specialised mental health services for deaf people with mental health problems 
  •  Specialised habilitation and/or rehabilitation services for deaf people who have been deprived of opportunities for the development or maintenance of their life skills 
  •  Research into mental health and deafness 
  •  Opportunities for deaf people to provide mental health services for other deaf people 
  •  Networks of interested people in each country 
  •  Information collection and dissemination on the mental health care of deaf people 
  •  Respect for each deaf person's language and culture 
  •  Exchange of ideas and support amongst all who have an interest in mental health and deafness