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October 9 2023Read more
The International Day of People with Disabilities is a global event that aims to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities, as well as raise awareness and advocate for their rights and inclusion in societies where, historically, they have been misrepresented.
Established in 1992 by the United Nations, the day is observed every year on the 3rd of December. The theme for 2023 is ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities.’
In this article, we want to highlight the often-hidden nature of disabilities and the mental health challenges that can affect a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.
Disability is defined as any visible, invisible, emotional, social, and educational challenges that are part of everyday life. Living with a disability makes it more difficult for a person to engage in certain activities or have equitable access within a given society.
In the UK, over 16 million people had a disability in 2021/22, representing 24% of the total population. Mobility is the most frequently reported impairment type (47%), followed by stamina, breathing or fatigue (35%), and mental health (32%).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines, and diminished health services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities.
A recent study found that people with disabilities report frequent mental distress almost 5 times as often as those without disabilities. How can living with a disability in our society affect mental health?
It goes without saying that your disability has already changed your life in big ways. It doesn't help to live in denial about that. You may have limitations that make things more difficult. But with commitment, creativity, and a willingness to do things differently, you can reduce the impact your disability has on your life. Here are some ideas you can try:
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A disability can take away many aspects of your identity, leaving you questioning who you are, what your value is, and where you fit in society.
Don’t let your disability define who you are. It's easy to start feeling useless and empty, especially if you can't do the same work or activities as you did before. That's why it's important to find new things that make you feel good about yourself—things that give you a renewed sense of meaning and purpose.
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