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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