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Deaf individuals experience the same mental health concerns as their hearing peers and, as such, seek out the same services to address these concerns. However, studies have discovered that deaf people experience mental health issues at nearly twice the rate of the general population and do not always find equitable access to mental health services.

As deaf individuals transition from high-school to postsecondary life, mental health and well being are important areas for professionals and families to focus on prior to graduation. Considerations should be made as to what support the deaf individual may need post-high school to lead a healthy, independent life. The following resources highlight the challenges that deaf individuals have with mental health and accessing care.

Mental Health Services

Deaf individuals experience the same mental health concerns as their hearing peers and, as such, seek out the same services to address these concerns. However, unlike hearing individuals, deaf people do not always find equitable access to mental health services.
 
Topics: Mental Health & Well-Being
Useful For: Audiologists, Disability Services Professionals, Interpreters, Teachers
 

Role Models as Facilitators of Social Capital for Deaf Individuals: A Research Synthesis

This study synthesized the literature on role models for deaf individuals and identified key themes across the research literature.
 
Topics: Mental Health & Well-Being, Research & Data, Transition
Useful For: Parents, Teachers
 

Mental Health Care for Deaf Individuals: Needs, Risk Factors, and Access to Treatment

This brief summarizes the research related to mental health care for deaf individuals.
 
Topics: Mental Health & Well-Being, Research & Data
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, Parents, Teachers
 

Late-Deafened Individuals: Implications for Postsecondary Outcomes

Late-deafened individuals experience a variety of challenges navigating the postsecondary environment due to a variety of internal and external factors. This document summarizes the research related to postsecondary outcomes for late-deafened individuals.
 
Topics: Mental Health & Well-Being, Research & Data
Useful For: Administrators, Disability Services Professionals, Employers, Parents, Teachers, Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals
 

Family Context: Understanding the Importance of Siblings

This research brief summarizes how families play an important role in influencing the educational and occupational outcomes of deaf children.
 
Topics: Mental Health & Well-Being, Research & Data
Useful For: Parents