Psychosocial Disability (PSD) is a term used to describe disabilities that may arise, due to mental health issues. There is potential for the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to greatly improve the lives of people living with psychosocial disability, however a recent survey from ACT Mental Health Consumer Network has shown us that a lot of people living with mental illness don’t understand what PSD means.

In general terms, PSD refers to the social consequences of disability and the way that your life is impacted upon due to mental illness. People affected by PSD find it much more difficult to set goals and make plans, engage in education, training and employment and other social and cultural activities.

Whilst psychosocial factors influence most types of mental illness to some degree, there are a few conditions that involve significant long term psychosocial impact. Some examples include:

  • Schizoid disorders such as schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder
  • Anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, agoraphobia and social phobia
  • Mood disorders such as major and dysthymic depression and bipolar

Australians living with mental health conditions and/or psychosocial disability are among the most disadvantaged people in our community. They experience challenges with communication and social inclusion, finding suitable housing and employment and maintaining their physical health. The lack of community awareness and support can have major bearing upon the lives of people living with PSD.

The NDIS is set up to work with existing community-based mental health services like CHESS to support people with PSD towards recovery. In the context of mental illness, recovery does not mean ‘cured.’ Rather it relates to you being able to achieve an optimal state of personal, social and emotional wellbeing.

Mental illness can be episodic and typically fluctuates in intensity. Because of this the NDIS is designed to be flexible and accommodating with your budget to increase or decrease depending on your eligibility and individual needs. A plan will be created for you by your planner at the National Disability Insurance Agency, which will be revised periodically. You will then have the freedom to choose the supports you need.

CHESS is already supporting people in the local community living with PSD to live independently and productively through a holistic strengths-based recovery approach. As a registered NDIS service provider we will be able to support you when the NDIS arrives on the Mid North Coast in July 2017.

We can:

  • Provide guidance to set and achieve goals to improve your life
  • Help you achieve self-reliance and independence
  • Support increased community participation
  • Develop your personal skills and confidence
  • Provide coping mechanisms to tackle everyday tasks like getting to places on public transport, housekeeping, and budgeting
  • Assist you in accessing support services like health, housing or family support
  • Collaborate between key service partners, your family and carers to provide you with holistic support

CHESS has been working closely with residents on the Mid North Coast for over 20 years. We understand the challenges of the area and are familiar with the local community. If you are living with PSD we can help you navigate your way through the NDIS so you can reach your goals and can live a satisfying and contributing life within the limitations of your illness.

Contact us for a confidential chat about your unique requirements.

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