Mental Health and Deafness in Scotland: Exploring the Data

Andrena McMenemy, Queen Margaret University and DataFakts wrote this report which looks at the effects of social isolation on the mental health of people affected by deafness across Scotland.

The report raises issues of mental health and well-being as we move into the recovery and redesign phase of dealing with the aftermath of Covid-19.

We must use this opportunity to highlight the existing, baseline data related to the experiences of those of all ages affected across the spectrum of deafness and its four key pillars: Deaf; Deafened; Deafblind; and Hard of Hearing; and their mental health. There will be the existing, higher than average problems with mental ill-health; an aging population adversely and disproportionately affected by deafness; and a legacy of coping with Covid-19. Dual sensory loss in older adults is another issue that will have to be addressed sooner rather than later as a communication priority in Scotland.