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Not all disabilities are visible. Some disabilities that can prevent individuals from enjoying the quality of life they desire can arise from mental health issues. This is what the NDIS refers to as psychosocial disabilities. There are some people with mental health conditions who will not have psychosocial disabilities, but for those who do, they can be severe, long-lasting, and affect their recovery. People with as a result of their mental health condition may qualify for funding and support from the NDIS.


If you’re struggling to find the right support that best aligns to your individual requirements, Bridges Alliance’s experienced and caring support coordinators can help.


Psychosocial disability to the NDIS

According to the NDIS, psychosocial disabilities is the term to describe disabilities that arise from mental health issues. While not everyone possessing a mental health issue experiences psychosocial disability, eligible people that do have a social disadvantage and severe effects.

Psychosocial disabilities aren’t mental diagnoses. Instead, it looks into the functional impact and barriers that may be experienced by someone living with a mental health condition. Therefore, a psychosocial disability will arise when someone with a mental health condition interacts within a social environment. They could be hindered from being equal to others with this type of environment.

Such disabilities can restrict a person’s ability to:

    • Feel certain/confident in different types of environments
    • Concentrate
    • Stamina for completing tasks
    • Cope with multiple tasks under time pressure
    • Comfortably interact with others
    • Understanding constructive feedback
    • Manage stress in a healthy way

NDIS eligibility for mental health

To be eligible for psychosocial disability support, you are required to become a participant of the NDIS and satisfy the age requirements (under 65 years of age at time of request. Eligible individuals must also satisfy the disability or early intervention requirements set out in the NDIS Act 2013. Eligible people who meet this requirement if:

  1. 1. There is a permanent disability present (including a psychological disability).
  2. 2. Their ability to take part in activities of daily living and participate effectively in society is drastically reduced without support.
  3. 3. They are likely to require support from the NDIS over their lifetime.

Examples of psychosocial disability NDIS supports

  • Skills development, including opportunities to learn how to manage your money, plan your day and make decisions.
  • Help with personal care including home and living support, and cooking and cleaning help to enable you to live at home, including help with cooking and cleaning.
  • Social skills development, such as capacity building supports that help you manage social relationships, take part in social skills day programs, or connect to people and places in your community.
  • Social and recreation support, if you need help to join social activities, sporting clubs or community groups.
  • Help you establish a place of residence and help manage your rental or home ownership responsibilities.
  • Provide support from allied health professionals including psychologists or mental health occupational therapists. Medical professionals must be directly related to helping you manage the functional impact of your psychosocial disability. Impacts can include communication and social skills development, regular assistance with medication and symptoms and behaviour intervention, and support.
  • Help coordinate your NDIS supports with your mental health supports.
  • Help you transition to new life stages where you require this support because of your disabilities.

Working with Bridges Alliance

At the core of our service delivery we are focused and dedicated to the personal journey of each and every one of our clients, their families and carers. With a central focus on delivering a person-centric approach to the support services that we provide, each member of the Bridges Alliance team is renowned for their expertise, caring nature and enthusiasm to ensure that all NDIS participants reach their desired goals. We comprehend that past experiences of trauma are common for individuals with psychosocial disabilities. As a result, we are sensitive to the impacts of trauma, which may be lifelong, when providing individualised support.

We are a registered NDIS service provider offering a range of disability supports in NSW with a geographical footprint in South Western Sydney, including Campbelltown/Macarthur, Camden and Picton/Wollondilly, Southern Sydney, including the Sutherland Shire and St George, the Southern Highlands/Wingecarribee and Wollongong/Illawarra region.

If you’re looking for reliable, caring and experienced NDIS support coordinators who are guaranteed to help you meet your goals, don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you’re looking for reliable, caring and experienced NDIS support coordinators who are guaranteed to help you meet your goals, don’t hesitate to contact us.