Mental health impacts almost every aspect of our lives. It affects our physical health, influences our thoughts, controls our behaviour, shapes our psychological, emotional and social well-being. Myriad studies have identified that people with disabilities experience more mental distress than those without disabilities. Living with a disability in itself is a challenge and the added struggle of fragile mental health will impose additional barriers in the life of differently-abled individuals. Hence it is important to pay attention to their mental health well-being and offer those vulnerable people support during these difficult times.
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has thrown several challenges, especially for people with disabilities. The NDIS released a Covid-19 information pack for them with several tips to take care of their mental health and well-being. NDIS recommends its participants stay connected with friends and family and seek support. There are several organisations like 'Beyond Blue’ or ‘Head Space’ where people suffering from mental health issues can get guidance and support. They have professionals with whom you can talk about your issues. Following a fixed routine and reducing the consumption of news while keeping a lookout for expert advice from reliable sources regarding pandemic precautions will help you to stay calm. Staying home and engaging in your favourite hobbies will also boost your morale. The NDIS also recommends downloading the COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide from the website of the National Debt Helpline for financial support and advice during the pandemic. NDIS participants can avail themselves of the services of a Psychosocial Recovery Coach if that’s included in their NDIS plan. Participants can also request in the planning review to have Psychosocial recovery coach funding included in the plan depending on their mental health needs and diagnosis.
Aastha is a registered NDIS Mental Health Support Provider in WA. We can help you connect and engage with the necessary support and resources that will vastly help you in your mental health journey. Contact us today with your queries, and we will endeavour to help you plan and implement ideal mental health practices in your daily life that will aid your well-being in the long run.