Inclusive Technology: Mental Health Condition
About one in five Australians experience a mental health condition in any one year. There are a wide range of conditions and their impact on individual students varies greatly. These may include schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, anxiety, and poorly-understood conditions referred to as personality disorders. The most common mental health conditions are depression, anxiety and substance-use disorder.
The ability to concentrate and take in information can be impacted upon by a mental health condition. The information below lists a broad range of assistive technology. As the experience of one student with a mental health condition may differ from another student’s, not all technology included in this section will be relevant to all students.