Women's Mental Health
Women experience many transition periods into new roles over their life span. They may become Mothers, then working Mothers, experience mid life changes, rediscover themselves when children leave home, transition through relationships beginning and ending, find themselves in demanding career roles or take on caring roles for elderly parents or grandchildren.
Each of these transition periods can affect a woman’s mental health in many ways. She may struggle with:
- Self care (finding time to look after herself)
- Leisure (stopping doing the things she loves due to time commitments)
- Stress and anxiety (feeling that the demands of life are too much for the energy that she has available)
- Physical symptoms (body changes, menstrual cycle changes, birth injuries, menopause, new aches and pains that stop her from doing some of the things that she loves)
Occupational therapists are uniquely placed to support women through each of their life stages. An occupational therapist enables a woman to maintain her physical and mental health so that she can keep doing the things that she loves to do despite any symptoms that she may be experiencing.
We do this in the following ways:
- Undertake assessments to understand what is uniquely important and valued by the woman
- Develop achievable goals based on her values
- Find ways to build these goals into her routine on a daily basis
- Determine any barriers and problem solve how to overcome these
- Teach new strategies for managing any feelings / thoughts/ emotions that may be limiting progress
Some examples of how we support women include:
- Starting work again after period of time out of the work force
- Establishing new goals and determining how life may look after children leave home, a marriage ends or a caring role comes to an end
- Supporting the transition of an adult child with a disability into their own accommodation (and the many emotions and role changes associated with such a move)
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Learning strategies for living with a new disability or recently diagnosed medical condition
NDIS – SDA and SIL Assessment and Report
Nicole completes specialist disability accommodation and supported independent living assessment and report for NDIS clients in Australia. A minimum of 20 hours is required for an SDA assessment and report and 20 hours for SIL assessment and report. A combined SDA/ SIL assessment and report requires 30 hours of funding to be made available. To make a referral for either SDA or SIL assessment and report please email.
If you have a remote or urgent client that cannot access an occupational therapist in your area this assessment can be completed via telehealth however please note that it is preferable that you explore your local area for a therapist first.