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Mental Health and Deaf People during COVID-19 pandemic - Online SIG Meeting

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As all of you already know, the COVID-19 pandemic brought lots of challenges to all health professionals. Deaf people, especially, have faced many obstacles during this time and the ESMHD, therefore, thinks it is an excellent time to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of Deaf people.

As we already have mentioned, we look forward to contributions on the following topics:

  • Original research on the Mental Health and Quality of Life of Deaf people during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Examples of good practice to support people who are Deaf during the COVID 19 pandemic
  • Ideas about what can be improved and therefore is of value after the COVID 19 pandemic.

SIG Deaf Children and Families - Chair: Chris Margaret Aanondsen

We primarily encourage submissions related to the topics mentioned above in deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adolescents. We do, however, also accept general submissions on mental health and quality of life in deaf and hard-of hearing children and adolescents.

SIG Deaf Adults and Family. Chairs: Ines Sleeboom-van Raaij and Ana Garcia

Beside abstracts related to the subjects as mentioned before, we are interested in the lessons learned from experiences and challenges in the support and mental health care of adult Deaf people and their families during the Covid 19 pandemic. We also accept abstracts about general mental health care of Deaf Adults and their Family

Interpreters SIG - Chair Lea Strandberg

This is the first time ESMHD wants to encourage interpreters to participate actively. In this regard, we would like to highlight and share the experiences of interpreters in a sign language setting. Relevant topics for this SIG are interpreting in education, work, leisure time and health settings for both children, adolescents and adults. We would like to focus on:

  • What is your experience from your assignments, as the Pandemic made new demands on interpreting?
  • How has it affected your work and the participants in those settings – clients as professional sign language users?
  • What issues concerning patient safety, ethical issues and the right to have access to services did you meet?


Abstracts (300 words) can be submitted to the conference committee consisting of the chairs of the ESMHD SIGs on Deaf Children and Families/ Deaf Adults and Families, Public Health and Interpreters before 15th October 2021. Abstracts will be submitted through the form of registration. Presenters will be notified by the first week of November of the decision on their papers. It is expected that presenters submit their final presentation for the SIG meeting by the 24th November to allow the interpreters sufficient time for preparation. Presentations not submitted by this due date will not be presented at the conference.


Official language is English and International Sign.

Chairs of the SIGs

Chris Margaret Aanondsen ESMHD SIG Deaf Children and Families

Ines Sleeboom-van Raaij and Ana Garcia ESMHD SIG Deaf Adults and Families

Johannes Fellinger ESMHD SIG Public Health

Lea Srandberg ESMHD SIG Interpreters

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Organiser European Society for Mental Health adn Deafness

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ESMHD is an international Non-Governmental Organisation promoting the positive mental health of deaf people.

Through cooperation and partnership, ESMHD will promote the development of practice and knowledge in order to improve the mental health and quality of life of people who are deaf.

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