What does psychosocial disability mean?

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A psychosocial disability is “a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue.” (NDIS). 

As the NDIS continues to develop we are seeing a wider range of psychosocial disabilities be included. This means a bigger range of participants are getting NDIS plans to assist them. 

A psychosocial disability is not a single diagnosis or issue. It’s rather about everyday functionality, and the barriers and impacts of living with a mental health condition. This may occur when an individual living with a mental health condition interacts with a social environment and is faced with barriers.

This may restrict someone’s ability to: 
  • Interact in their local community
  • Have stamina to complete everyday tasks 
  • Have confidence to go and seek employment
  • Cope with pressure, manage stress
  • Live their day to day like effectively

Individuals who have a mental health condition that causes psychosocial disabilities are able to access the NDIS to help get services and support. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Psychology, Counselling and other Mental Health Allied Services 
  • A support worker to assist them into the community by providing support
  • Assistance to get back into employment
  • Cleaning or Gardening services to help around the home

It is important to remember that not everybody that has a Mental Health condition has a psychosocial disability. Many individuals with physical disabilities may also have a psychosocial disability too. 

Every individual is different, and having a psychosocial disability is not something that you should be ashamed of or feel like you cannot disclose to others.

You can learn more about the NDIS definition and enquire about an application if you feel this may suit your set of needs.  

If you want to know more about what kinds of services you can access to help with a psychosocial disability, let the tappON team know and we will be happy to schedule a call. 

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