Herbert Klein addresses participants in Beirut, May 30, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Addressing the participants of the first conference in Lebanon on the intersection of deafness and mental health Thursday, Herbert Klein, who is himself deaf, used British Sign Language to lay out tips and techniques for working with deaf patients.The conference, held at Clemenceau's Gefinor Rotana Hotel, aimed to address mental health services for Lebanon's deaf community.Antoine Roumanos, who, according to Ardati, was one of the first people in Lebanon to do any type of research on deaf people and sign language, gave an overview of the deaf community and deaf childhood education in Lebanon.I've been in Lebanon for seven years now, and I realized I haven't actually seen a single deaf patient in seven years".He contrasted this fact with numbers referenced from a previous presentation showing that 40 percent of deaf people have some form of mental disorder and concluded that most deaf people dealing with mental health issues were not seeing a psychiatrist.
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