Anxious man talking with someone on a mobile phone, he has his hands pinching his forehead.

With October being Mental Health Month, IDEAS thought we would take some time out to put together a list of crisis support numbers.

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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetically inherited condition that affects the motor neurons (nerves) that control the movement of muscles in the body. The back, hips and shoulders are normally affected the worst from this disability, however, it can affect muscles throughout the entire body.

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Rett syndrome is a condition of the nervous system that affects all body movement and is primarily found (almost exclusively) amongst females. It is a genetic neurological disorder that is caused by a mutation of a gene (MECP2 gene) found on the X chromosome.

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Permanent blindness is the permanent loss of sight, whether it be a full or partial loss. People that are fully blind are not able to see anything, including light. However, people that are partially blind can see some things to varying degrees depending on the severity of their blindness.

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Permanent bilateral hearing loss is the permanent loss of hearing in both ears. The degree of hearing loss in each ear may be the same (symmetrical), or it may be different, where one ear is worse than the other (asymmetrical).

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Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) refers to a group of inherited metabolic diseases which is caused by a specific missing or faulty enzyme. People with a form of this disease are permanently affected with progressive cellular damage, which affects their appearance, organ and system function, physical abilities and cognitive development (in most cases).  

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Intellectual disabilities affect someone’s intellectual skills and adaptive behavior, such as the ability to learn, communicate, reason and retain information. Children with an intellectual disability do not learn at the same rate as other children, often reaching developmental milestones later than others, or in some cases, not reaching them at all.

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Deafblindness, also called dual sensory impairment, is a lifelong condition that refers to the combination of having a loss of both vision and hearing.

 Autism is a developmental disability that is a lifelong condition. It affects people’s behavioral patterns and the way that they communicate in social situations and interact with the world.

A letter from a Support Worker can be provided as evidence for a person with a mental health condition requesting access to the NDIS. This is an opportunity for the Support Worker to summarise their observations regarding how mental health conditions impact the life of a person they work with, and to provide more information or context to the evidence provided as part of the NDIS access request.