Mental wellbeing & disability support
Every year, approximately 1 in 5 Australians* will experience a mental health issue. Mental health issues are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia. Not all mental health issues are the same and many people can recover if they receive support early.
4 million Australians* have a disability and of those, only 15% are physical and 90% aren’t visible.
Mental health issues are among the greatest causes of disability, significantly impacting quality of life and productivity. A disability, whether visible or not, shouldn’t prevent a person from being an active member in their community or enjoying satisfying work and independence.
In Australia, service providers and advocacy agencies are transitioning to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) that focus on rights and outcomes for people with disability who access services. Until the transition is complete in 2018, the existing Disability Service Standards will govern service delivery.
All Mission Australia services abide by these standards in delivering support to people with disability.
Mental illness can affect a person’s psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. The impact of mental illness on people’s ability to function varies for every individual.
At Mission Australia we deliver support from a recovery led view, which our experience has taught us is the most effective approach for people with a mental illness.
- Learn more about our mental illness support services
Disability & employment
People with a disability face significant barriers to employment that we know should not exist. Of the 4 million Australians with a disability, 2.1 million are of working age yet their employment is only 39.8%* compared with 79.4% for people without a disability.
Australia currently ranks 21 out of 29 OECD countries for workforce participation of people with a disability.
Mission Australia’s Disability Employment Services providers offer a range of services to help find suitable work for people with a disability. The services we provide can dramatically improve the quality of life of people with a disability, increasing their independence and enabling them to make a significant contribution to their local communities.
- Learn more about our disability employment services
Support for people experiencing crisis
If you feel that your life or the life of someone you know is in danger, call 000.
For immediate crisis support, please call:
- Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au
- beyondblue: 1300 22 4636 www.beyondblue.org.au
- MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 (24/7 crisis support) www.kidshelp.com.au
- headspace: 1800 650 890 www.headspace.org.au
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Founding Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'