Our History

The South African Society for Mental Health and Deafness (SASMHD) was launched on 12 March 2003 during a 3-day workshop in Worcester at the Institute for the Deaf and Lewensruimte.

Mental Health includes healthy emotional, psychological and social development and the prevention and treatment of mental illness and other disorders.

The special needs to consider in Mental Health care of the Deaf and people working in the field include language / communication skills, cultural and many other diagnostic and treatment aspects.

SASMHD is concerned with the Mental Health of all Deaf people, whatever their age of onset, degree of deafness or mode of communication.