Please be advised: The resources curated by ASDC are compiled from reputable sources and are intended to offer support and references for you and your family. This collection is not exhaustive, and additional resources exist that are not included here.

ASDC does not offer therapeutic or medical advice. We deeply value your mental health and strive to extend the utmost support possible. We encourage you to conduct research on the provided resources to identify the one that aligns most effectively with your requirements.

24-Hour Crisis Hotlines

Deaf Crisis Line

DeafLEAD offers 24-hour crisis lines committed to providing a safe place for you to get the help that you need

Video Phone: 321-800-3323

Crisis Text Line

Provides a 24-hour confidential crisis counseling via text messaging.

Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support

If you or someone you know is experiencing an emergency situation, please text/call 911.  Learn more about text-to-911 or watch this short video on how you can use this feature. 

If your area does not have text-to-911 available, please use TTY or relay service.

Creating Mental Health Awareness: Conversations with Signed by Stories

ASDC has partnered with Signed by Stories in a effort to support, promote and bring awareness to mental health wellness for the Deaf/HH community.  Additionally, Signed By Stories aims to further mental health awareness, advocacy, education & support for Deaf, Hard Of Hearing, Deaf Blind, Late-Deafened and Deaf Disabled people through storytelling – and ASDC fully supports that mission.

Crucial Conversations

Starting in June 2022, ASDC and Signed by Stories embarked on a compelling series of discussions centered on mental health awareness and well-being within the deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) community.

These engaging conversations are broadcast live and accessible online throughout the year, providing an open platform for DHH individuals to share their invaluable insights and personal experiences regarding their mental health journeys. The discussions will encompass diverse contributors, including professionals, parents, friends, and families, who have played supportive roles throughout these journeys.

The aim of these conversations is to foster candid yet enlightening dialogues, shedding light on the mental health challenges confronting the DHH community. By raising awareness, the goal is to cultivate a culture of change that is not just inclusive but also responsive, empowered, and culturally competent. Together, we endeavor to create a more understanding and supportive environment for mental health within the DHH community.

Dates/times and access information will be shared here, as well as on our respective Facebook and YouTube platforms, and through Zoom.   In addition to viewing the replays of each months’ conversation here, you can also find them on our YouTube channel and blog. 

Learn more about Signed By Stories

 Upcoming Conversations – Join us Live

Resources and Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities

Online 12 Step Meetings in ASL, Text, or Interpreted

Online Recovery Meetings

Click on the link below to open a list of online recovery meetings in American Sign Language (ASL) or meetings providing ASL interpretation. The list contains the dates, times, meeting links, and descriptions of the meetings.

International Online Meetings for Deaf in Recovery

DODA Meetings

If you go to the link below, you will see a calendar that has the days and times when online meetings occur through Zoom. You just click on the link and join the meeting. At the bottom of that page, is a daily thought/meditation in ASL. You can watch a different one every day of the year.

Doda Meetings

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Online Directory of 12-Step Meetings – ASL or ASL-interpreted options

Deaf Sober Group

Outpatient Programs

Center for Family Services – Recovery Network for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Loss
Voorhees, New Jersey (Serves the entire state of NJ through telehealth services)

Provides services to individuals experiencing substance use disorders who are Deaf, hard of hearing or who have hearing loss. All services are provided by staff that are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and culturally sensitive to the Deaf community.

**Services are currently available via TeleHealth.**

Deaf Addiction Services at Maryland (DASAM)
Baltimore, Maryland

Provides dual-diagnosis services (addictions and mental health) for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. All staff members are fluent in ASL and staff interpreters are present at all times. Programs include: Methadone and Buprenorphine Maintenance, Intensive Outpatient Program, Detoxification Services, and Mobile Addictions Counseling.

Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services
Warwick, Rhode Island

Provides specialized services for the D/deaf. Individualized treatment plans.

Deaf Community Services – Signs of Life Program
San Diego, California

Comprehensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment for Deaf, Deaf-blind, late-deafened, and hard-of-hearing adults. Offer short- and long-term outpatient services including individual and group alcohol and drug counseling, case management, dual diagnosis (alcohol/drug and mental health) care, assessment, information, and referrals.

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