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NDIS Mental Health - How Bridges Alliance Can Help You

Holistic support to help individuals live fuller and more connected lives

Mental health disorders can be debilitating. In some cases, it can disrupt a person’s ability to maintain relationships, uphold personal and professional responsibilities, and impact other aspects of day-to-day life. 


If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulties managing life with a mental health issue, you may be eligible to get support from the NDIS. Bridges Alliance, as a registered NDIS provider, can offer you assistance in gaining funding and accessing both the support and services to help meet your needs and help you recover. 


NDIS support for Mental Health is set up to help individuals:

  • Get the support they need
  • Take part in the community
  • Be more independent

What is the NDIS & How it Helps with Mental Health

Can you get NDIS for Mental Health?

The NDIS is an Australian Government national program that provides funding and support designed to help support Australians with a disability. 


This includes people living with a psychosocial disability. 


It’s important to note that NDIS support doesn’t fund the treatment of psychosocial disabilities, but these services are designed to offer help in areas where individuals are struggling due to their disabilities. 

How do I know if I am eligible for the NDIS?

NDIS eligibility for Mental Health

To apply for NDIS for Mental Health, you or someone acting on your behalf must provide evidence of your mental health affecting your daily life without support; and evidence that these difficulties are like to be permanent. 


Under the NDIS, this is called a Psychosocial Disability.


A psychosocial disability can come out from mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.


Individuals with episodic mental health issues may also be applicable for this criteria as well. 


This type of disability can restrict a person’s ability to: 


  • Communicate, understand others and express your needs.
  • Have social interactions, make and keep friends, interact with the community, cope in a healthy way, and behave within limits accepted by others.
  • Learn new things, understand and remember information, practise and use new skills.
  • Have mobility with your limbs to move around the house and community to do everyday living activities. 
  • Practice self-care, feeding yourself, grooming, personal hygiene, and looking after your own health care needs.
  • Practice self-management to organise your life, make plans and decisions, complete daily tasks, take responsibility for yourself, problem-solve, and look after your finances.


When applying for NDIS for mental health, you must provide evidence that you experience difficulties in at least one area above without support or with lesser functional capacity. 


Other criteria for the NDIS include:

  • You must also be aged under 65;
  • And you must also be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or hold a Protected Special Category Visa. 


For more information, please read NSW Health’s resource on the NDIS’s mental health eligibility criteria. 


You will also find more information on how to apply for NDIS here. As an NDIS service provider, we can also help you in applying.

How NDIS Mental Health funding and services are provided

Like all our NDIS disability support services, this depends on you. 


You can access NDIS support in three key ways:


1. Self-Managed (choose and manage where your funding goes to meet your needs)

2. Plan Managed (ask an NDIS-registered plan manager, such as Bridges Alliance, to manage your funding)

3. NDIA Managed (the NDIA directly pays providers on your behalf)


Find out more about how our plan management services support you

How We Can Help

We can offer assistance in applying for NDIS mental health support. 


After being granted approval from the NDIS, Bridges Alliance can provide NDIS services through a plan-managed approach. Creating a plan is always a personalised experience, and we always work with you to tailor your plan to your specific goals and needs. 

We can support people with psychosocial disabilities with NDIS services in numerous ways – with everyday tasks or harder goals.


A sample NDIS plan for mental health can look like this:


  • Assistance with daily living
    This may include support with personal care, meal preparation, or cleaning. This may also fall under ‘Support Independent Living’.

  • Therapeutic supports
    This may include individual or group therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, or trauma-focused therapy.

  • Social and community participation
    This may include support workers to help a person participate in community activities, such as art classes or sports clubs. Like a biking group, arts and crafts group, or clay or painting class.

  • Home modifications
    This may include funding and support to perform modifications to the home to improve safety and accessibility.

  • NDIS short-term accommodation for mental health
    In some cases, individuals may require short-term accommodation to receive the support they need in a safe and supportive environment to manage their mental health condition. This may be included support for your mental health needs during a crisis, when your usual carer is unavailable, or to help you try new things.

    Bridges Alliance can assist individuals with finding and accessing short-term accommodation that meets their unique needs. 


NDIS plans are reviewed annually, and changes can be made at any time to reflect your changing needs and goals.

Our Services:

  • Plan Management
  • Supported Independent Living (SIL)
  • Respite Services
  • Voluntary Out of Home Care
  • Support Coordination
  • Therapeutic Supports
  • Independent Living Options
  • Long-Term Accommodation Services
  • Home Care Services
  • Community Access & Day Programs
  • Social and Recreational Activities

About Bridges Alliance

Our leaders, Averil and Mark Straney have over 40 years of industry experience. Through this time, they have helped provide care to vulnerable communities and people with disabilities such as prolonged mental health issues. And together, with our team, we are compassionate, supportive, and dedicated to delivering person-centred professionalism in all our services. 


Learn more about our Directors and Supports


Our pricing for support and services delivered is based on the rates advised in the current NDIA support catalogue. About Us | Bridges Alliance


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a mental health illness which is affecting your ability to live independently, you might be eligible to receive support from the NDIS. It’s important to note that the NDIS does not fund therapy to address symptoms of mental illness. Instead, it funds ongoing functional support for daily living. This can include assisting going to and from a medical appointment, assistance in searching for a suitable home to live, finding a job to guidance in taking medication correctly. 


NDIS eligibility for mental health support depends on participants providing evidence of  their psychosocial disability and how this impacts their daily life. 

Persons with mental health conditions that cause lifelong impairment can work towards achieving independence and their best state of wellbeing. 

Recovery in the NDIS, refers to obtaining the optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing whilst living with or recovering from a psychosocial disability. NDIS funding and support for mental health is designed to restore recovery practice for participants with such disabilities. 


Funding and choice of supports works allow participants the following opportunities: 

      – Choice and control when it comes to supports that increase capacity building for self-management. 

      – A lifetime commitment to supports and funding as required

      – Increased independence and social and economic participation to build a participant’s independence. 

      – Support for a partnership approach.


All points listed above are designed to increase a person’s functioning capacity, and give people more choice and control over how their support is provided. 

If you live with a psychosocial disability and require the assistance to carry out everyday tasks that involve social interaction, mobility, communication, self-care and self-management, you may be eligible to apply for NDIS funding. To be considered eligible, you have to exhibit difficulties in at least one of the areas below without support or at reduced functional capacity:


      – Communication: being understood in written, spoken or sign language, and understanding others and the ability to express your needs. 


      – Social interaction: Either making or keeping friends, behaving within limits accepted by others and the ability to cope with feelings emotions in a social context.


      – Learning: Comprehending and remembering new information, practising and using newly obtained skills. 


      – Mobility: Your current ability to move around your home and community to carry out daily activities. 


     – Self-care: Ability to conduct personal care, hygiene, grooming, feeding yourself and care for your own health care needs.


     – Self-management: Your cognitive capacity to organise your life, plan and make decisions, complete tasks, problem solve and manage your finances to planning and making decisions. 


You can receive funding through the NDIS to help you perform tasks in the areas below: 

      – Funding for therapies such as seeing a psychologist, counsellor, psychiatrist or social worker.

      – Transport to help you get to and from medical appointments.

      – Assistance in learning how to travel independently on public transports. 

      – Outside support in setting up budgeting and paying bills. 

      – Assistance in self-care such as showering, grooming and general hygiene. 

      – Support in building friendships in the community. 

      – Help in shopping, meal preparation, cooking and cleaning around the house. 

      – Assistance in accessing Centrelink. 

      – Help in finding the right accommodation for you. 

      – Support coordination or psychosocial recovery coaching. 


These psychosocial disabilities are NDIS covered: 


       – Anxiety

       – Bipolar disorder

       – Depression

       – Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

       – Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

       – Schizophrenia


Any mental illness which results in a disability is referred to as a psychosocial disability. This indicates that your disability/condition has a severe impact on your life and affects your ability to perform daily activities.

As long as the participant’s anxiety restricts their ability to: 


       – Function comfortably in certain types of environments (i.e, public transport and places),

       – Concentrate and make decisions, 

       – Have enough comprehension and stamina to complete tasks, 

       – Be able to cope with time pressures and multiple tasks, 

       – Comfortably interact with others, 

       – Understand and act on constructive feedback and manage stress in a healthy way, participants may be able to receive funding and support from the NDIS.


Whatever your mental health condition, you must provide evidence of your mental health condition to access the NDIS. The mental health condition doesn’t have to be named. Instead, the NDIS support is based on the actual impairment, or the impact of the mental health condition instead of the diagnosis itself. 

Bridges Alliance understands that not all disabilities are visible. We have provided psychosocial services for people with mental health and psychosocial disabilities for any years, and have built a sound reputation for our holistic approaches and compassion. With a team made up of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals in the mental health industry, Bridges Alliance is here to support you through your recovery journey to wellness. We listen to your individual requirements and work alongside you to help you achieve the best outcomes to enhance your quality of life.


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