How can we help those Mental Health of People with Disabilities

All people, but especially those with disabilities, benefit greatly from opportunities for social interaction and acceptance. The negative effects of social isolation and exclusion on the mental health of people with disabilities are well-documented. The effects of social inclusion on the psychological well-being of people with disabilities will be discussed.

Inclusion in social activities has been shown to have a positive effect on the psychological well-being of people with disabilities. Social inclusion interventions can help reduce depressive and anxious symptoms in people with disabilities, according to research published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. The Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation published another study that found that having social support can help people with disabilities live better lives.

People with disabilities can gain a sense of belonging and self-worth through participation in mainstream society. The World Health Organization cites the positive effects of social inclusion on mental health, including the promotion of a sense of belonging and identity. As an added bonus, social inclusion can open doors for people with disabilities to take part in rewarding activities and make valuable contributions to society.


People with disabilities are less likely to experience feelings of isolation and loneliness if they are actively included in society. The National Council on Aging found that feelings of loneliness and isolation significantly increased the risk of developing depression and slowed cognitive function in older adults. People with disabilities can benefit from social inclusion interventions because they increase their chances of making and maintaining friendships.

The disability is not the problem. The accessibility is the problem.

~ Mohamed Jemni

In conclusion, people with disabilities benefit greatly from being integrated into society. It can help people feel like their lives have meaning, stop them from feeling lonely and isolated, and improve their overall mental health.


R. I. Brown (2006). Community-based approaches to improving people with disabilities’ quality of life. Publishers Jessica Kingsley.

Honey, A., Llewellyn, G., and D. McConnell (2013). Multiple sclerosis patients’ social networks and psychological well-being: a literature review. Reference: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 20(10):882-892.

S. Peacock and D. Forbes (2003). A literature review of interventions for social isolation. 7(4), 269-281 in the journal Aging & Mental Health.

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