How NDIS Helps Those with Depression
How NDIS helps those with Depression
People affected by mental health conditions often experience challenges such as engaging with the community, making plans, seeking employment and housing, maintaining physical health, and completing daily tasks, just to name a few.
With NDIS funding and the support provided by Maple Community Services and other providers, we can help those grappling with the challenges of depression. We will work in sync with you to create a personalised plan that reflects what it is you want to achieve and to empower you to live a more independent and fulfilling life.
The NDIS can fund several critical services for people living with depression. As a registered NDIS provider, we can support you with:
Personal care, such as morning routines and personal hygiene to help you maintain your independence and dignity;
Medication management, ensuring prescribed medication is taken as directed by health professionals;
Guide, motivate and support you in community access and participation, helping to reduce isolation and improve social skills;
Nutritional needs such as meal planning and preparation. A healthy diet and eating routine provides balanced neurotransmitter levels which are essential for mood regulation;
Developing essential life skills that will help you reach your goals. Including coping mechanisms, communication skills and emotional regulation;
Transport needs such as to appointments, outings, support groups, shopping and other essential services;
Household tasks such as cleaning, banking, and shopping to increase your independence and autonomy;
Advocacy and peer support to connect you to others facing similar challenges as well as assistance in navigating the NDIS system;
Accessing essential services such as healthcare and accommodation that best suits your needs;
Respite care or temporary relief for carers, allowing them to take a break while your level of care is not compromised.
Mental health support services under NDIS
In the context of Psychosocial Disability within the NDIS and here at Maple, recovery does not necessarily indicate a ‘cure’. More accurately, it encompasses the journey towards achieving an optimal state of personal, social and emotional well-being.
NDIS funding is allocated to help you with daily living requirements, it doesn’t fund any clinical needs, therapies or treatment programs but can assist with transport to and from and support during appointments.
Mental health challenges often manifest in episodic and variable patterns of intensity. To accommodate this, your NDIS plan can be crafted with flexibility in mind. This means you and your plan manager have the autonomy to adjust your plan and your supports based on your requirements
Eligibility criteria for NDIS Depression
To gain access to the NDIS, in addition to age, residency and disability requirements, participants must gather evidence to present to the NDIA that proves their mental health condition results in a disability.
In some circumstances people living with mental health conditions may not face substantial long-term issues such as looking after themselves, or entering education or the workforce. However, certain mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and some anxiety disorders often exert a lasting impact on an individual’s capacity to engage in daily activities. That is when these conditions are classed as psychosocial disabilities, and supports, such as those through the NDIS, are essential for recovery.
The NDIS has an Evidence of Psychosocial Disability form that can be completed by your clinician that makes it easier for you to collect evidence for NDIS eligibility. To find out more about applying for NDIS funding, our team of professionals can help you navigate the application process.
Identifying the needs for individuals with depression
Those with mental health disabilities are some of the most overlooked in society, mostly due to the invisibility of the conditions and stigma surrounding them. Mental health conditions such as depression often create a complex web of challenges that aren’t easily categorised, making it difficult to obtain a precise diagnosis or gather the necessary evidence to qualify for funding.
Psychosocial recovery coaching
In recent years the NDIS has recognised the necessity of longer term recovery planning for psychosocial disabilities. You can choose to allocate some of your NDIS funding towards a recovery coach with lived experience. A recovery coach possesses specialised knowledge of mental health conditions, enabling them to engage with you, build a rapport and gain insights into your specific needs. Drawing upon their expertise, they can assist you in identifying relevant local services and supports, as well as mental health services while also offering guidance on navigating the NDIS more effectively.
To find out more about NDIS funding for depression and other psychosocial disabilities, find a Local Area Coordinator, Plan Manager or reputed service providers, don’t hesitate to reach out to Maple Community Services.
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