Canadian Hearing Society

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) has joined Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative and six-time Olympian Clara Hughes in her journey to raise money and awareness about mental health from coast to coast! Help CHS break down the stigma around mental health for Deaf and hard of hearing people.

Organizer: Christopher Sutton

Type Of Group: Social Services


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The Group's Purpose

The purpose of CHS's Giving Group is to help end the stigma around mental health, and raise money for CHS's mental health services.

CHS's CONNECT Mental Health and Addiction Services are offered in 26 offices throughout Ontario.

A recent survey of more than 18,000 adults found that people with hearing loss are more likely to be depressed than those with "normal" hearing. It also found that women suffered the highest rates of depression.

These findings reflect CHS's experience in serving people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Daily, we see anxiety and depression in people and their families learning to cope with hearing loss.

In addition, studies have shown that adolescents who are Deaf and hard of hearing face greater challenges then their hearing peers. These youth encounter communication barriers, negative attitudes from society and limited contact with Deaf and hard of hearing peers. This often leads to isolation, feelings of loneliness and self-identity issues.

Learn more about the mental health issues faced by people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing by visiting www.chs.ca/counselling-services.

Please support CHS's CONNECT Mental Health and Addiction Services by giving to CHS's Giving Group.

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How to Help

There are several ways you can help CHS end the stigma around mental illness:

- Give $10, $20, or $50 to this Giving Group

- Share the link to this Giving Group on social media using #ClarasBigRide and/or using the "Spread the Word" tools in the right hand column.

About the Organizers

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), founded in 1940, is the largest non-profit health care and social service provider of services, products, and information that: remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. Our vision statement depicts a society where all people are respected; have full access to communication; and are able to participate without social, economic, or emotional barriers.

CHS offers a wide range of programs and services in a fully accessible and supportive environment, meeting the unique communication needs of people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

CHS provides a one-stop centre where clients can access a range of complementary programs under the same roof. Our programs and services fall into the following broad categories:

1.Counselling Services - Mental Health & Addictions Counselling; court diversion; general support services; outreach and counselling to older adults and newcomers to Canada.

2. Accessibility Services – sign language interpreting; communication assistive real-time translation (CART); captioning; accessibility consulting; communication devices, both commercial and personal; translation services English-ASL and French-LSQ.

3.Education - sign language instruction (ASL & LSQ); literacy; and information and public awareness.

4.Employment Consulting - job search assistance; employment supports for employers, employees and job seekers; job development; workforce literacy.

5. Hearing Healthcare – hearing testing; hearing aid sales; aural rehabilitation; speech-language. pathology; hearing help classes.