Living with a mental health condition can be both challenging and overwhelming. From managing symptoms to facing stigma and discrimination, individuals with mental health disabilities may encounter a range of barriers that can impact their well-being and quality of life.
However, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding for people with disabilities as a result of their mental health conditions, to access the support and services they need to live a fulfilling life. One of the most vital supports is physical activity which has been shown to play an essential role in maintaining good mental health.
In this blog post, we’ll provide a brief overview of NDIS funding for mental health and explore the importance of physical activity for individuals with a mental health condition. We’ll also share some tips on how you can use your NDIS funding to support your mental health through physical activity alongside Easy Exercising.
What is NDIS funding for mental health?
You may qualify for NDIS funding if you have a disability as a result of your mental health condition. This funding is designed to help you access the necessary support and services to manage your mental health and participate fully in your community.
NDIS funding for mental health can be used for a range of services, including therapy and counseling, medication, support with daily living tasks, and assistance with finding and maintaining employment. The goal of NDIS funding for mental health is to improve the overall well-being and quality of life of individuals living with mental health conditions.
Who is eligible for NDIS funding for mental health?
You’re likely wondering if you are eligible for NDIS funding for mental health.
To be eligible for NDIS funding for mental health, you must meet the NDIS criteria for disability. This means you must have a permanent and significant mental disability that impacts your ability to complete everyday tasks or participate in community activities. Also, you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a protected Special Category Visa. To determine eligibility for NDIS funding for mental health, you must also undergo an assessment process with the NDIS.
Mental health conditions that are eligible for NDIS funding include conditions that are lifelong or likely to be prolonged, such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.
What services are covered under NDIS funding for mental health?
If you’re eligible for NDIS funding for mental health, it is vital that you know what is covered by your funding. While the mental health system is generally responsible for clinical services such as diagnosis and treatments, the NDIS is responsible for non-clinical supports that focus on your functional ability and long-term recovery, by providing funding to help with the things you can and can’t do due to your disability.
Depending on your individual needs and goals, you may receive NDIS funding for mental health for the following:
- Therapy and counseling services, including psychological therapies, psychiatry, and other forms of mental health support.
- Medication and other medical treatments for your mental health conditions.
- Support with your daily living tasks, such as personal care, cooking, and cleaning.
- Assistance with finding and maintaining employment, including support with job searching, resume writing, and workplace modifications.
- Support for social and recreational activities, such as group outings or participation in community events.
- Assistance with developing life skills, such as budgeting or communication skills.
How to access NDIS funding for mental health?
If you meet the age and residency requirements for NDIS funding, then you can follow the steps below to access NDIS funding.
- Check your eligibility: Before applying for NDIS funding, you must first check your eligibility. You must have a permanent and significant disability that impacts your ability to complete everyday tasks or participate in community activities. To be eligible to access the NDIS, a person with a psychosocial disability will have an impairment (loss of or damage to mental function) that has resulted in a disability.
- Complete an access request: To access NDIS funding, you’re required to complete an access request with the NDIS. This involves providing information about your disability and how it impacts your life.
- Attend an assessment: After submitting an access request, you will need to attend an assessment with an NDIS representative. This will involve discussing your disability and your goals and needs for support.
- Receive a plan: Following the assessment, you will receive an NDIS plan that outlines the support and services you are eligible for under NDIS funding. This plan will also include your funding budget.
- Implement the plan: Once it is approved, you can begin accessing the support and services outlined in your plan. You will need to work with NDIS providers to coordinate and implement your plans.
Easy Exercising’s NDIS-Friendly Exercise Programs
Regular exercise is known to improve mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function according to ESSA, and it’s essential for individuals with mental health conditions to have access to safe and effective exercise programs.
Easy Exercising’s NDIS-friendly exercise programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with mental health conditions, providing them with a pathway to better mental and physical health. With Easy Exercising, individuals with mental health conditions can improve their mental and physical health in a safe and supportive environment.
Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. The answer is that our unique, power-assisted machines do the exercise for you so that your individual, gentle program safely gets you to your goals as quickly as a bench press – without the grunting, stress or sweat. Small, gentle exercise like Easy Exercising has been shown to significantly improve mobility in seniors, allowing them to get back to doing the things they love most.
We offer the support of a qualified practitioner who will monitor, assist and offer suggestions while you exercise. Every time you need it, we offer one-on-one support to make sure you’re on the right track.
Even better? We welcome NDIS participants, so you never have to worry about compromising your savings to experience incredibly beneficial results.
And our community is well-worth the visit!
“I’m at Easy Exercising, Morayfield. I just love it. And since I’ve been coming here, my mental health has been great. My movement has been great. Things I could not do, put my shoes and socks on, I could do that after a few sessions. I’ve got post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s even helped with that”
In general, exercise has always played a crucial role in reducing the risk of certain health conditions and improving the overall quality of life. But for those living with mental health conditions, exercise can actually be incredibly beneficial to improving their condition, and improving quality of life.
Now you understand the huge role power-assisted exercises can play in your mental health, why wait? We are inviting you to come and try out our NDIS-friendly equipment at NO COST to see if they are the perfect fit for you.