The project resulted in a series of short films titled ‘Positive Signs’, including drama pieces, a short documentary and a discursive, informational video to demonstrate pathways to mental health support for people who are Deaf.
We concluded the project with two facilitated screenings, which brought together d/Deaf community members with GCHSCP and health & care professionals, to identify how the films can be used to gain a better understanding of the experiences of Deaf community members, the support strategies that can be implemented, and the practical ways in which the videos can be used to further learning.
The films formed part of a training tool for Deaf Awareness sessions with NHS staff and were used in the development of training for interpreters working in mental health settings.
We were able to link the GCHSCP team with our specialist mental health BSL interpreter contact, whose doctoral research is exploring the dynamics of interpreting in the mental healthcare situation, to consult on this training.
Feedback from the distribution of the films was fed into the GCHSCP equality group.