Building services without barriers for the deaf community

Mental healthcare services should be easily accessible for anyone who requires care. Although, in practice, the deaf and hard of hearing community often experience inequities, face communication barriers, find it difficult to access services, and consequently, have poorer health and treatment outcomes. In this seminar, we will look at what mental health services can do to deliver equitable care.

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Lenka Novakova is a Deaf advisor working for a national Deaf mental health service based in Southwest London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Lenka previously worked in deaf education and then went on to work as a child mental health worker at the National Deaf CAMHS Corner House inpatient unit.