Mental Health Resources

Please note: The resources provided here by ASDC are a collection of resources from trusted sources and are meant to provide support and references for you and your family.  This is not an all-inclusive list and there are other resources that are not listed here.

ASDC does not provide therapeutic or medical advice.  However, your mental health is important to us, and we want to provide the best support we can give.  Please research the following resources provided to find the one that best fits your needs. 

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 9-1-1.  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

In June 2022 – ASDC and Signed by Stories began a series of conversations  that will focus on a variety of topics relating to mental health awareness and wellness within the Deaf/HH community.

Taking place LIVE and ONLINE monthly, these free conversations will feature Deaf/HH persons who have valuable experiences and perspectives about their mental health journey.  Conversations may include professionals, parents, and friends and families who have lent supported along the way.

These conversations are designed to be candid yet informative in an effort to create awareness about the mental health challenges faced by the Deaf/HH communicty.  Together, we can create a culture of change that is competent, responsive, empowered, and above all, inclusive.

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

Join Signed By Stories and ASDC  for a live-streamed conversation each month. Be sure to participate in this timely conversation and learn how you can play a role in making change happen. There will be a 15-20 minute Q&A at the end. Interpreters will be provided!

You can join the conversation
LIVE ONLINE via FACEBOOK, YOUTUBEor ZOOM

Stay tuned for our next conversation!

Questions about these conversations? Have a topic you’d like to see covered? We would love to hear from you – please contact Cheri Dowling at cheri@deafchildren.org

Resources and Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities

For a comprehensive overview of Mental Health Services for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing – please visit ASDC’s Member Organizations:

Gallaudet University Counseling & Psychological Services
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center @ Gallaudet University
RIT/NTID (student focused)

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.