Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Pilot Service)
A pilot service is now offering help to deaf children and young people who are struggling with their emotional and mental wellbeing. The service covers all of Northern Ireland and is open to young people with all levels of hearing loss/deafness, whether aided or not, regardless of communication preference. It can be accessed using the young person’s preferred communication method, including sign language.
The team offers assessment by an experienced consultant psychiatrist, following which a young person can receive:
- support from psychiatrist
- support from project worker
- signposting to voluntary sector input
Advice and support is also available to Child and Adolescent Mental Health staff with a deaf young person on their caseload.
Referrals can be made by a wide range of health and social care professionals and by Teachers of the Deaf. For more information, email CAMHS.SPOC@northerntrust.hscni.net.