Psychosocial disability can exacerbate mental health conditions, cause social isolation and economic marginalisation. This in turn can spiral into crisis. Crisis can lead to homelessness, poverty and potential exposure to exploitation. This may also cause extreme hardship for mental health consumers, families and carers, placing an unfair burden on some of the most vulnerable members of Australian society. A further consequence is the additional economic burden on society through the need for crisis intervention and health care supports. If provided earlier, appropriate support services could prevent this.
The inclusion of psychosocial disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant development in providing support to assist people to live in the community. The NDIS is intended to make life easier for people with disability, including psychosocial disability, by providing self-directed support through recovery-oriented individualised plans.
However, issues remain about the best way to support people with psychosocial disability.
The NMHCCF raises the following important concerns:
While the NDIA has been working on continuous improvements to support people with psychosocial disability in the years since the roll out, there is still work to be done and problems remain.
The NMHCCF has recently reviewed and updated its position statement in relation to psychosocial disability associated with mental health conditions. It outlines the NMHCCF recommendations to improve provision of NDIS Plans for people with psychosocial disability.
Read the full position statement now: Unravelling Psychosocial Disability - Position Statement on Psychosocial Disability Associated with Mental Health Conditions