Mental health conditions and the NDIS: Part 1


Mental health conditions: Getting started.


The Leap in! Crew supports many people living with mental health conditions on their NDIS journey. It’s all part of the work we do as NDIS plan managers.

Around 10% of NDIS participants have a psychosocial disability (a disability caused by a mental health condition). That’s around 40,000 people.

So if you have a mental health condition and are unsure about whether you’re eligible for the NDIS, it is worth spending time to see if the NDIS can help you.

Some people with a mental health condition do not identify as having a “disability” and might assume the NDIS is not for them. But if you have a mental health condition which is permanent and affects your ability to do everyday things, then the NDIS may provide supports to help you live your best life.


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In summary:

  • You may be eligible to access the NDIS if you have a mental health condition
  • Diagnosis alone is not sufficient
  • In addition to diagnosis, you’ll need to prove functional impairment
  • Functional impairments are called “psychosocial disabilities”
  • The key to meeting NDIS access criteria and getting the supports you need from the NDIS is understanding and being able to explain the functional impact of your condition.

Good to know:

  • The NDIS is designed to support people with disabilities who have permanent and lifelong conditions
  • Some supports are supplied through the mainstream health system, not the NDIS, such as state mental health services.


Mental health conditions and the NDIS: A snaphot.

Mental health conditions and the NDIS: A snapshot

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