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.