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Mental and emotional wellbeing is important for everyone, however, people with disabilities may face unique challenges and stressors that can impact their mental health and wellbeing. 

Maintaining your mental and emotional wellbeing can improve your overall quality of life, increase your resilience, promote better physical health, enhance your independence, and improve your relationships with others. 

It is important for people with disabilities to prioritise their mental health and seek support when needed.

How to deal with grief after a disabling injury

If you’ve recently acquired a disabling injury it’s natural to experience grief. Grief is different for everyone.  It is the natural process of emotional adjustment after a significant loss.

Click here to learn what you can do to help deal with your grief

Where can I get Mental health support?

If you or someone you know is in immediate physical danger, phone 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

For support for yourself, along with resources and tools that can help improve your mental health there is the Mental Health Foundation as well as a number of different organisations you can access via phone or text.

Click here for links to a list of Resources and tools that can support or improve your mental health.

Supporting Children with a Disabled sibling

Supporting Children with a Disabled sibling

Having a disabled child is rewarding, but also comes with unique challenges. One of these can be ensuring that your other children also have all the support they need.

Click through for advice on what you can do to help ensure the wellbeing of children with a disabled sibling.

Dating when you have a Disability

Dating when you have a Disability

Dating can be challenging for anyone, but having a disability can make it even more difficult.  Having a social network is important for maintaining connections, for our mental well being and helping us live a full life.  

This section provides advice about how to meet new people, online dating, and keeping yourself safe online.

How parents of disabled children can take care of their relationship

It is important for parents of disabled children to take care of their own relationship.  It is easy to become consumed by the needs of their child that parents don’t leave time to look after themselves or each other.

This section provides advice for parents with disabled children about protecting their time together and managing their stress.

Reducing Holiday Stress

Reducing Holiday Stress

Everyone needs a rest sometimes, and that’s what holidays are for. But they can also be a stressful time for parents and caregivers as they try to keep children entertained.

Here are some ideas about how to reduce the stress of caring for children over the holidays.

Holidays can be particularly stressful for children on the autism spectrum as their usual routines are broken.  Without a plan, anxiety and stress can set in. 

Here are some tips for making the holidays an enjoyable and stress-free time for children on the autism spectrum.

Planning an accessible outing

Planning an accessible outing

It can be challenging when planning a trip out and, and depending on your disability, there can be many things to consider; accessible parking, wheelchair ramps, bathrooms, stairs, and so on. It can be a frustrating and demoralising experience.

Here are 5 tips to help you anticipate potential barriers to ensure your trip is a success.

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