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NDIS and Holistic Approaches to Mental Health


Updated 05-01-2024

NDIS and Holistic Approaches to Mental Health

Mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall wellbeing, and in recent years, there has been a significant shift towards holistic approaches to mental health care. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia recognises the diverse needs of individuals living with a mental health condition, offering support that encompasses a range of therapeutic models tailored to improve mental health and enhance the quality of life. In this article, we will explore how NDIS provides support for holistic approaches to mental health, the benefits of such strategies, and how eligible participants can access these services.

Understanding the NDIS Framework for Mental Health

The NDIS aims to empower individuals with permanent and significant disabilities, including psychosocial disabilities resulting from a mental health condition. It provides funding for supports and services which are reasonable and necessary for a person to live a more independent and fulfilling life.

Eligibility Criteria for NDIS Mental Health Support

To access NDIS for mental health issues, an individual must meet the eligibility requirements as outlined by the scheme:

  • The individual must have a permanent disability that significantly affects their ability to undertake daily activities.
  • The psychosocial disability must arise from a mental health condition.
  • The person must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder.
  • They must be under the age of 65 at the time of applying.

Once deemed eligible, a participant will work with an NDIS planner to develop a personalised plan that takes into account their individual goals, strengths, and support requirements.

Holistic Support Strategies under NDIS

The NDIS supports a holistic approach to mental health through various funding streams, ensuring that all aspects of a person's wellbeing are considered.

Psychological and Therapeutic Supports

Psychological services form a cornerstone of the NDIS support for mental health. These may include cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, or other evidence-based therapeutic interventions aimed at addressing the psychological components of mental health.

Physical Health and Wellbeing

The connection between physical and mental health is well established. Thus, the NDIS may cover physical therapies, exercise physiology, dietetics, and other health services to support overall wellbeing.

Social and Community Participation

Engagement in community and social activities is vital for mental health. The NDIS recognizes this and may include funding for support workers to assist with community access, group programs, or social skills development.

Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Mental Health

A holistic approach acknowledges that good mental health is not just about treating symptoms but also about nurturing a person's overall wellbeing. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Enhanced Quality of Life: Holistic strategies can lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life by considering the social, emotional, and physical aspects of health.
  • Personal Empowerment: By addressing a range of life areas, individuals gain greater control over their mental health journey.
  • Long-Term Improvements: Holistic care often leads to sustained mental health improvements as it promotes self-management and resilience.

Accessing Holistic Mental Health Support through NDIS

To access NDIS-funded holistic mental health services, participants will need to:

  1. Connect with an NDIS planner or local area coordinator to discuss their needs.
  2. Identify personal goals, which could include improving social skills, managing symptoms, or increasing physical health.
  3. Work with providers who are knowledgeable in providing holistic approaches and who align with the participant's goals.

Finding the Right Providers

Choosing the right service providers is imperative. They should be not only NDIS-approved but should also share the individual’s belief in a holistic approach to care. Participants can seek referrals, read reviews, and have consultations to find a good fit.

Reviewing and Adjusting the Plan

The participant's NDIS plan should be reviewed regularly to ensure that the supports remain relevant to changing needs and preferences. This is the key to maintaining progress and responding to any developments in the person's mental health condition.


The NDIS's support for holistic approaches to mental health is a testament to the evolving understanding of what it means to provide comprehensive mental health care. For many Australians living with mental health conditions, the scheme has been a gateway to a more integrated form of support that acknowledges the complexities of the mind, body, and social environment. By embracing a holistic perspective and utilising the resources available through the NDIS, individuals are empowered to pursue a pathway to wellness that is as multifaceted as the people it serves.

About the Author

Alex is an esteemed expert in assistive technology and disability support services, he holds a unique blend of professional expertise and personal dedication to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities. With over a decade of experience in research and development, Alex has been at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge assistive technologies into practical support solutions. Renowned for his empathetic approach and strong advocacy for disability rights, Alex’s work extends beyond academic research to hands-on involvement in community initiatives and policy advisory roles. A prolific writer, his articles are widely acclaimed for their insightful analysis, clear communication, and commitment to ethical considerations in technology use.

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