FACT SHEET 7: Yarnin’ about mental health

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Information for Aboriginal people with disability, their families, carers and communities, about the NDIS.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is also called the NDIS.

The NDIS is a new way for people with disability to get the care and supports they need to live a better life.

The NDIS gives people with disability choice and flexibility over the support they receive.

This means you can choose who provides that support.

Yarnin’ about mental health.

There are different ways of yarning and thinking about mental health. For Aboriginal people, mental health and wellbeing are part of your:

• social wellbeing

• emotional wellbeing

• physical wellbeing

• cultural wellbeing

• spiritual wellbeing.

Mental illness can sometimes be a type of disability. It can cause major changes in a person’s thinking, feelings and behaviour. These changes can affect a person’s wellbeing, abilities and relationships.

People with mental illness may have trouble:

• finding or holding down a job

• going to school

• keeping connected with their family, community or mob

• caring for themselves and their family.

Mental health and Aboriginal communities

Some people with mental illness may get help from their family, friends, mob or community.

You can still get help from family, friends, mob or community if you use the NDIS.

The NDIS may provide extra support for people with mental illness to:

• live well in their community

• stay connected with their mob

• live life their way

What support can you get from the NDIS?

The NDIS will not replace mental health services – they will work together.

For some people with mental illness, the types of support available from the NDIS include:

• support in your own home – for example, someone comes into your home to help you with everyday tasks

• help going to school or looking for a job

• help going to appointments and activities in your local community

• learning new skills like cooking, using computers or managing your money

Can you use the NDIS?

If you are already receiving disability support

You will be contacted by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) before the NDIS starts in your area.

If you don’t already receive disability support

You can apply for the NDIS when it starts in your area. You can read Fact sheet 5: Accessing the NDIS to see when the NDIS is coming to your area.

What can you do to get ready for the NDIS?

It’s a good idea to understand, and get ready for, the NDIS. You can read Fact sheet 4: Getting ready for the NDIS to see what you can do to get yourself ready.

What should you do next?

If you already receive disability support or services from a service provider, you can have a yarn with them about the NDIS and what it all means.

They can also explain what other types of disability support are available and who can provide the support you may be looking for.

There may be other people in your community who may want to learn about the NDIS as well. Yarn with them, share ideas and swap stories.

Check out your community for local NDIS workshops, forums or information sessions being held. If you can’t attend, remember to call and ask for information to be sent out to you.

The NDIA will work out if you can use the NDIS.

You can phone the NDIA and have a yarn with them on 1800 800 110 or you can get more information on the website: www.ndis.gov.au.

There is also a checklist on the NDIS website to help you find out if you are able to apply for the NDIS: www.ndis.gov.au/ndis-access-checklist.

You may like to check when the NDIS will be available in your area by entering your postcode on the NSW NDIS website: www.ndis.nsw.gov.au.

More information

There is more information available for Aboriginal People about the NDIS in NSW. There are fact sheets available on the NSW NDIS website www.ndis.nsw.gov.au

These include:

• Fact sheet 1: NDIS for Aboriginal people with disability in NSW

• Fact sheet 2: Yarnin’ about disability

• Fact sheet 3: What is the NDIS?

• Fact sheet 4: Getting ready for the NDIS

• Fact sheet 5: Accessing the NDIS

• Fact sheet 6: Carers and the NDIS

• Fact sheet 7: Yarnin’ about mental health