Psychosocial Disability

The term psychosocial disability refers to the impact of mental illness on the ability to participate fully in different aspects of life, such as in education, training, and social and cultural activities.

How common is it?

It is estimated that approximately 1.1 million people in Australia were experiencing a psychosocial disability in 2018.

Are there different types of psychosocial disability?

Psychosocial disabilities may limit a person’s capacity to participate in various ways including:

  • in certain types of environments
  • interact in meaningful social interactions
  • participate due to difficulties such as concentration
  • coping with time and task pressures
  • managing stressors

Many people with a psychosocial disability also have one or more other disability such as a physical disability, sensory disability, or intellectual disability.