Disability can affect the way a person connects to and interacts with their community. Often this means that a person with a disability may feel they are not included in or part of their local community or larger society. These feelings of disconnection and exclusion can lead to anxiety and depression as the person feels unable to contribute to their community in a meaningful way.
Whatever difficulties the person with the disability may have, volunteering can highlight the skills they do have. Recognition and development of skills and abilities via volunteering can lead to feelings of inclusion and achievement. One of the many benefits of volunteering is that it reduces the likelihood of mental health issues like anxiety and depression occurring. Being a contributing and valued member of their community means that people with disabilities develop skills and make connections that support healthy mental states.
Positive benefits for people with disabilities of community inclusion via volunteering
- Community connections are made
- Skills are discovered and developed
- Leads to better mental health
Possible volunteer positions may be investigated by
- Contacting to the Disability Services Commission, or
- Contacting the person’s local shire or council offices
Either of these may be a good place to start and may have knowledge of suitable volunteer positions available in the area the person lives in.
If you would like to speak with a counsellor in Perth, you are welcome to contact Vision Counselling and Psychology to find out more about our services including the NDIS, WA NDIS and disability services.Article Title: Disability and Depression
Article By: Vision Counselling and Psychology, Perth Western Australia
Web Address: www.visioncounselling.com.au
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