DSN is committed to developing and delivering innovative services and support programmes to promote health and well-being in our communities.

We work closely with our service users and partners in health and commissioning to ensure that health messages and services are accessible and available to all, and are always eager to find out about your experiences to see how we can further improve health pathways for people with a sensory loss.

Ways to get health support

Health Awareness and Deafness (HAnD)

Our HAnD programme promotes health awareness across the Deaf community, and has been a vital source of information and advice over many years. DSN has helped service users understand more about health issues including cancer, heart disease, mental health and stroke awareness, and so much more.

This links well with our wider research into Deafness and Dementia, and our focus on combatting social isolation and loneliness which can have such a negative impact on health if not addressed.

We are proud of our work in this area, and look forward to developing greater links with health partners in the coming years.

Our Resources

Six great short films to download in BSL from Public Health England

Videos include:

  • Home isolation and those with symptoms
  • Essential advice
  • Spot the signs
  • How to use the NHS
  • Face touching

Health Advice In BSL

Deaf people are more likely to be undiagnosed, or poorly treated, for a range of health conditions.

To try to help address this, SignHealth have created a library of health advice in BSL.

Consent within the deaf community (with subtitles, BSL & voiceover)

DSN are delighted to be sharing two short, but very important, information films, which were made with the support and help of Chester Sexual Abuse Support Services (CSASS) and Sign Health. CSASS is a great team of friendly woman working to help survivors of sexual abuse ensuring they feel safe and supported.

These educational films are specifically designed to help D/deaf people to understand the complex issues of consent and disclosure and to feel safe and in control.

Please use and share these films on your web-sites and social media to help raise awareness about Consent and how to respond to a Disclosure.

Once you have seen the video’s and if you have any further questions you would like to ask please feel free to contact us at dsn@dsnonline.co.uk requesting a confidential conversation and/or meeting

These films were part of a project funded by Rosa-UK Fund for Women & Girls

SignHealth Coronavirus Impacts Survey Results

In August and September, SignHealth conducted a survey asking deaf people about the impacts of the pandemic on mental health, healthcare and information accessibility. 93 deaf people responded to the survey.

This is the full video of the report.

Visit the SignHealth website to view the full report in English:

Crisis Text Line for Deaf People

Deaf people who need help with urgent issues such as suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues will now be able to access support immediately. If you’re Deaf and experiencing a personal crisis, unable to cope and need support, text DEAF to the number 85258.

Awards and Accreditations