GM Mental Wellbeing and Disability Report

Executive Summary


Deaf and disabled people in Greater Manchester (especially those with diagnosed mental health conditions) are less happy, less satisfied with life, feel things are less worthwhile and are more anxious than non-disabled people. They cite general anxiety or pre-exisiting mental health conditions as the biggest concern for their mental wellbeing, followed by work and/or college, and are often less aware of services available to them, either due to lack of access to information, digital exclusion, or social isolation. For those who are aware, accessibility remains a major issue, be that, again, due to digital isolation, financial barriers, or a lack of inclusion.

Deaf and disabled people rate exercise as the top way to stay well, but are also much more likely to opt for non-sport activities such as hobbies and cooking than non-disabled people. They are also more likely to cite increased access to professional help such as therapy, group support or increased healthcare services as factors which would improve their wellbeing and cite four main factors that would turn their local area into a more positive place for mental wellbeing: green open spaces, more pleasant surroundings (clean, no pollution, less traffic, etc.), good community facilities and events, and a more supportive community / better connections with neighbours.

Deaf and disabled people were disproportionately affected by the pandemic, with many experiencing social isolation, reduced social care support, and issues relating to access to food, medicine, and information. Additionally, there has been a severe impact on the mental health of Deaf and disabled residents. Deaf and disabled people are generally dissatisfied with the support they have received during the pandemic from national and local government, as well as from health and care services.

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