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Mental health inequalities - Deaf and disabled people

Start date: 21 December 2016
End date: 01 February 2017

Key facts

Around 14 per cent of adult Londoners have a disability – equating to around 1.1 million people.

Studies have shown that Deaf and disabled people are more likely to experience common mental health problems, especially anxiety and depression.

Deaf people are twice as likely to suffer from depression as hearing people.

Around one in three people with chronic physical impairment experience a mental health problem, compared to one in four in the wider population.

Our investigation

The Health Committee is investigating the mental health needs of Deaf and disabled people, as part of its wider investigation into mental health and marginalised groups. Previously, the Committee has examined mental health and LGBT+ people.

The Committee want the answer to a number of key questions:

  • What are the main mental health challenges faced by Deaf and disabled people in London?
  • What can be done to promote better mental health for Deaf and disabled people and prevent mental ill health?
  • What steps can mental health service providers take to make their services more accessible for Deaf and disabled people?
  • How do issues such as housing, transport and crime affect the mental wellbeing of Deaf and disabled people in London?
  • What examples of good practice are there in London and further afield?

The link between disability and mental health are complex, but are increasingly recognised to be linked to how wider society, including the health and care sector, treats disabled people.

The Committee would like to understand the challenges faced by Deaf and disabled people in accessing mental health support in London. The findings will influence the Mayor and London Health Board’s mental health roadmap.