Consultation Section 4.6: Health (including social care), mental health and wellbeing We share the long-term goal for health, mental health and well-being set out in the BSL National Plan, which is: “BSL users will have access to the information and services they need to live active, healthy lives, and to make informed choices at every stage of their lives.”
Our Actions By 2023, we will: Take steps to ensure that mental health services (including wellbeing and counselling services) within the QMU are fully accessible to students who use BSL. This is particularly important given the statistic that deaf people are significantly more likely to experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
We will support this by ensuring:
• all BSL users have access to all QMU support mechanisms for mental health and wellbeing.
• all staff are invited to attend Deaf Awareness Training.
• all BSL users are aware of the services available and are directed to them appropriately. Raise awareness of BSL and Deaf culture and the needs of BSL users accessing health and social care.
We will achieve this by:
• continuing to develop opportunities for healthcare students to engage with BSL users following a successful pilot involving QMU students working with BSL/English interpreting students from Heriot-Watt University.
• delivering specialist training for BSL/English interpreters on working with BSL users in health and mental health through the MSc modules on Interpreting in Healthcare Settings and Interpreting in Mental Healthcare Settings.
• developing and delivering opportunities for all undergraduate and postgraduate students at QMU to undertake study on working with BSL users and the implications for their professional practice • as appropriate, making information available on accommodation and extra-curricular activities such as sports centre and SU events.