Although it is estimated that 18% of Australians live with disabilities, disability-based discrimination and stigma continue to affect people every day. From support that is not accessible, to prejudice in the schools and workplace, to bullying in public spaces, living with a disability presents multiple emotional challenges.
If you or someone close to you is affected by bias and discrimination because of disability, it is important to remember that help and support is available.
Disability and Mental Health
Although discrimination based on disability is illegal, Australians who live with a disability continue to be affected by outdated attitudes and incorrect beliefs. The Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) reported that 14% of people with a disability reported experiencing discrimination, while this rises to over 20% for people aged 15 to 24.
The CRE-DH study also showed a strong association between disability-based discrimination and poor health outcomes – those who reported higher levels of discrimination also indicated lowered physical and mental health on a self-reported questionnaire. As discrimination is likely to be an obstacle to accessing work and study, living with a disability can mean further socioeconomic disadvantage. When these elements are combined, it is easy to see that those with disabilities are more likely to struggle with mental health issues that affect their general health and wellness. They are also less likely to have access to adequate support to help them with their concerns.
Having a disability in a world that is often unkind can be an exhausting endeavour. It is important to remember that support is available to help you manage.
Seeking Support with NDIS Psychology Essendon
Our Life Resolutions Founder and Director, Jodie Brenton, understands how important mental health support is to both individuals and society. Through our dedicated NDIS counselling and mental health support service, we aim to help all Australians, from all walks of life.
Our qualified NDIS psychologists here for support with NDIS claimable counselling at our Essendon psychology clinic, or through our telehealth services. Jodie is dedicated to ensuring high-quality mental health support is accessible to all, so use our telehealth service to talk to a counsellor online or over the phone with Life Resolutions today.
Ready to chat with a Life Resolutions psychologist? Visit us at our Essendon counselling centre or check out our bookings page today. You can also read more about Jodie Brenton, the Life Resolutions team, and our commitment to quality mental health care on our website.