How does the NDIS help people with psychological disabilities?
We have heard so much of physical disability, right? We are all aware of the support services provided by National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with disabilities, but how much do we know about psychological disability or mental illness?
Psychological disability is a term used to describe the disabilities that arise due to mental health issues. Mental health equally important as physical health, but we often fail to pay much attention. Psychological disability is defined as any persistent psychological or psychiatric disorder or mental illness. Many people live with mental health issues, but most don’t discuss their illnesses with others.
What exactly is a psychological disability?
PSD refers to the social consequences of disability and the way it impacts the lives of people. People are having PSD face many challenges in their everyday life. PSD is a severe illness than people think.
People with PSD find it challenging to make plans, engage in education, and set employment goal. There are many stigmas associated with psychological disabilities. People with psychological disabilities face many problems, such as restlessness, fatigue, excessive thirst, insomnia, etc.
Here are a few conditions that involve long term psychological impact on people.
Schizoid disorders like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder
Anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress, and social phobia
Mood disorders, such as primary and bipolar depression.
These psychological conditions can affect a person and their lifestyle to a great extent. Many people worldwide are suffering from mental illness or disorder, and some are not getting proper treatment for it.
It’s important to note that to be eligible for NDIS , a participant will need to prove their disability. Only after that will they become eligible for the supports. Due to different types of mental health conditions, people with prolonged and temporary disability may not be eligible for the NDIS.
Psychological disabilities and NDIS
Australians having a mental illness or psychological disorders are among the most disadvantaged people as they experience significant challenges with communication and social inclusion. The lack of communication and community awareness and support can have a considerable bearing on people having PSD.
The NDIS provides funds for “reasonable and necessary supports” that help people with psychological disorders reach their life goals. NDIS doesn’t support clinical services that you get in the health system, such as psychiatry services or mediation. But it helps people be more independent, find a job, be more financially secure, and socialize with people easily.
The NDIS works with many existing community-based mental health services to support PSD people towards recovery. Services in the mental health sector have progressed to promote recovery and wellness of people with mental illness or psychological disabilities.
How can NDIS help?
The aim of NDIS to make people independent and enhance the social participation of people with disability and their carer. The NDIS tries to provide them with better access to personalized and innovative supports and services.
Access Foundation supports people having disabilities and PSD to live independently and productively through a strength-based recovery approach.
A registered NDIS service provider will provide the following supports for people with psychological disabilities-
Provide assistance to set and achieve goals
Help to achieve self-reliance and independence
Develop personal skills and confidence
Provide coping mechanisms to handle everyday tasks like traveling, housekeeping, and managing finances
Provide supports to enter the workplace, help in training and employment services
Assist in accessing supports like health, housing, and family support.
These were some of the support services that a Registered NDIS Service Provider provides to help people with psychological disabilities.
Get in touch with Access Foundation
Access Foundation is a registered NDIS service provider in West Australia which dedicatedly work to provide helpfully, and high quality supports to people with disability in West Australia. We are always trying to improve our service to benefit more and more people with disabilities.
People often don’t pay much attention to mental illness, and there are many stigmas associated with it that restrict them from talking about it to others. We are listens to the people with psychological disorders patiently and helps them provide the supports that will improve their mental health and make them more independent. We understand the challenges people face with PSD and try to help them as much as we can
If you have PSD or any mental illness and are looking for help, Access Foundation offers mentorship and helps you navigate the NDIS to reach your goals and live a social and peaceful life
Reach out to us and discuss your illness with us. We will listen patiently and assist you further.