Psychosocial disability is a term used to describe the challenges that can stem from mental health issues. It's not solely about diagnosing a condition; rather, it focuses on how mental health conditions affect a person's functioning and the obstacles they encounter within their social environment.
A psychosocial disability arises when individuals with mental health conditions encounter social barriers that hinder their ability to participate equally with others. This disability can limit a person in various ways, including:
- Being in specific environments
- Maintaining concentration
- Having the stamina required to complete tasks
- Managing time pressures and multitasking
- Engaging with others effectively
- Processing constructive feedback
- Handling stress
People living with psychosocial disabilities may require support to overcome these social inclusion barriers.
It's also crucial to recognise that many people living with psychosocial disability have experienced trauma in the past, which can have lasting effects.
When providing support, it's important to be sensitive to these potential lifelong impacts of trauma.
NSW Health has some amazing resources that offer practical strategies for effective support when working with a client with a psychosocial disability. You can view them, by clicking here.
It's important for support workers to maintain clear communication with the person they are supporting, adapting their approach based on the person's evolving needs and preferences. Building trust and a positive working relationship is key to providing effective support for people living with psychosocial disabilities.
To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers
To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers
To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer
To make a referral, please visit https://www.careseekers.com.au/referrals