Bridges is proud to introduce the Mind-Life initiative - Reframing psychosocial disability in the NDIS and broader health sector. Our aim is to substitute the term “psychosocial” with “Mind-Life” to normalise the everyday experience of thinking differently, human distress, adversity and lack of social connectedness and to reduce the stigma associated with a labelling term.  I’m also delighted to have on board the wonderful Gillian Townsend as our Mind-Life Project Manager who will roll out the initiative and invite others to be part of a game changing project.

The concept of reframing the term “psychosocial disability” came from the desire to move away from an illness label to one that normalises adversity and stress that can occur in anyone’s life. Through changing psycho-social to mind-life, we hope to encourage anyone who is struggling with their thinking, which results in a less than optimal life, to consider accessing mental health support so they can live their best life. The type of mental health support may vary from psychiatric care, counselling, recovery coaching, peer support, self-directed care for a short or longer time, based on the individual’s need. In the NDIS service system, we are encouraging anyone with any type of disability to consider optimising their mind-life and using their plans to do live different, think different, be different.

Mind-Life is funded by the NDIA through their Information, Linkages and Capacity building grants, with additional funds from Change the World to enhance our for social media presence and engage as many people as possible in this conversation.

Sharon Sarah, CEO