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Psychosocial Support

‘Psychosocial disability’ is a term used by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to describe the ways that a mental health condition may impact a person’s life. Not everyone living with a mental health condition will experience psychosocial disability.
It is about the functional impact and barriers which may be faced by someone living with a mental health condition. Psychosocial disability mostly refers to the social and economic impacts of living with a mental health condition; earning money, buying the things you need, or having relationships with friends or family. Psychosocial disability describes the challenges a person experiences that are related to their mental health condition, that affect their ability to participate in life.

National Psychosocial Support

The National Psychosocial Support (NPS) is a service in the Nepean Blue Mountains region, which will assists people with a severe mental illness who have reduced psychosocial function and who are not supported by the NDIS.

The NPS program focuses on non-clinical supports such as:

  • Tenancy and accommodation retention
  • Relationships
  • Travel training
  • Life skills, including cooking and home maintenance
  • Budgeting
  • Work/study/volunteer readiness
  • Self-care and medication support
  • Developing resilience

Who is eligible?

  • Residents of the Nepean Blue Mountains region;
  • With a severe mental illness 18 years and olderWho are not funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
  • Who are not accessing supports through an alternative Commonwealth psychosocial support program (NPS-Transition or CoS)

NDIS Eligibility Testing Support

NPS is able to provide support to clients to test eligibility for the NDIS where they are assessed as requiring ongoing and higher levels of support.

How to refer?

GPs, allied health providers, individuals, family, carers and other organisations can make referrals by contacting Chiara Capurso from Stride by caling 0429 046 925 or emailing: chiara.capurso@stride.com.au

Stride is located at 252 Great Western Highway, Kingswood NSW and is open from 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.

The NDIS

The NDIS is the new way of providing psychosocial disability support so that people can enjoy an ordinary life. The NDIS recognises that everyone’s needs and goals are different.

More information about the NDIS and the eligibility criteria can be found on the NDIS website.

NDIS Calculator

We have developed a new, free online NDIS Support Calculator, to make it easier for participants, health professionals and providers to identify appropriate services for a potential NDIS participant to receive through an individualised funding package.

You can use the calculator to select a range of support services suitable for a potential NDIS participant, and the tool will calculate the annual cost of each item (by hours per the week), and then let you to print the results to assist in discussions with your NDIS planner. 

Try the NDIS Support Calculator or download the brochure (pdf, 1.4mb).