It can be confusing when you’re dealing with a mental health issue. It’s not always clear who to turn to for support or what services are available. Sometimes it can be hard to find the time and access the energy to work it all out. But it doesn’t have to be so opaque – we’re here to offer some clarity and reduce the confusion.
Potential clients ask us all the time: “what conditions are covered by NDIS?” You may already have a mental health diagnosis – like PTSD, bipolar or depression – but if you don’t, let’s unpack this question so you can get one step closer to finding the support you need.
What is a psychosocial disability?
The NDIS defines a psychosocial disability as a disability that arises from a mental health condition. A person who has a psychosocial disability may need support – this is where a One Good* Day Recovery Coach can step in – to manage stress, be in particular environments or learn tools to have the stamina to complete tasks.
It’s not just about a diagnosis either, but about its impact on a person’s daily functioning and their ongoing need for support to meet their goals. The NDIS recognises the cyclical nature of mental health and that it can change day to day, week to week. This is why it’s important to seek support when you can, not just when you feel like you’re in a dark place.
Is anxiety covered by NDIS?
This is a very common question. If your anxiety gets in the way of you living your daily life, you may be eligible for NDIS funding, which may include Psychosocial Recovery Coaching.
What we’ve seen is that mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can be highly prevalent, but also accompany other mental health diagnoses or disabilities. It’s why people often ask other questions in tandem with their anxiety or depression, like “does bipolar qualify for NDIS funding?” or “Can I get NDIS for PTSD” or “borderline personality disorder?”
Some of our clients receive NDIS support for schizophrenia and other less common mental health conditions, while others get access to NDIS funding for a combination of two or three conditions. Remember: a diagnosis doesn’t mean you automatically qualify for NDIS – there are other eligibility requirements to meet, too.
Does NDIS fund psychiatry?
The short answer here is that it’s for the NDIS to determine and answer. Broadly speaking, psychiatry isn’t usually a funded support under the NDIS and is, instead, typically provided by Australia’s healthcare system (or privately funded).
Ultimately, it’s about building your capacity
Rather than focusing on specific mental health conditions or services, a better question to ask might be this: “What level of support do I need right now to live a rich and meaningful life?”
Shifting the focus to what an individual needs to live a full life is a much more open-ended and optimistic way of approaching mental health support. It’s more productive than simply looking at individual diagnoses in isolation from the person, their life and their goals.
What should I do if I’m not sure?
A common question we get asked is whether or not you’re eligible for our psychosocial recovery coaching. Whether you’ve spoken to your GP or Local Area Coordinator or not, get in touch with our team or take the first step here. We can support you in navigating the NDIS right through the application process to rolling out your NDIS plan.