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Mental Health, Psychosocial Disability and the NDIS

Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health condition.

Navigating Mental Health and the NDIS

Not everyone with a mental health condition will experience psychosocial disability.

Supports available for people with a mental health condition

Some people living with a mental health condition experience reduced psychosocial capacity from time to time that can be managed through accessing community psychosocial support services, other mainstream community support programs, and/or informal family social support and connections.

For others, their mental health condition is severe and long lasting and results in difficulties doing everyday tasks like banking, shopping and taking care of themselves. Such people require more intensive support that is provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Support funded by the NDIS

Once found eligible for the NDIS, people can receive funding in their plans to access services and supports that are considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ to help achieve their goals. More information regarding supports funded by the NDIS can be found on the NDIS website.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to people with disability, their families and carers. The main component of the NDIS is individualised packages of support to eligible people with disability.  

Where to get help applying for the NDIS in South Australia?

The NDIS is now available in South Australia. For most people aged seven and above, a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) will be your main contact point for the NDIS. To find your nearest LAC, visit the NDIS website.

If you require support applying for the NDIS for a primary psychosocial disability, you can also contact your nearest Country Wellness Connection service.

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