“Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe a disability that may arise from a mental health issue.” (NDIS)
Psychosocial disability is not about a diagnosis, it is about the functional impact and barriers which may be faced by someone living with a mental health condition. A psychosocial disability arises when someone with a mental health condition interacts with a social environment that presents barriers to their equality with others.
Psychosocial disability may restrict a person’s ability to:
Someone with a psychosocial disability may require support to overcome the barriers to social inclusion they face.
Past experiences of trauma are common for people with psychosocial disability. It is important to be sensitive to the possible impacts of trauma, which may be lifelong, when providing support.
Mental Health Recovery, Psychosocial Disability and the NDISThis web page provides an introduction to mental health recovery, psychosocial disability and eligibility for the NDIS. Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Mental Health Coordinating Council
What does psychosocial disability mean to you?This video provides personal experience and understanding of what it is to have a psychosocial disability.Type: Video | Closed captionsViewing time : 2:28 minutesProduced by: Mental Health Coordinating Council
Exploring how you feel about the term psychosocial disabilityThis interactive quiz enables you to explore what psychosocial disability means to you and how it might feel for someone who is living with a psychosocial disability.Type: Interactive quizEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Mental Health Coordinating Council
Introduction to psychosocial disability