Welfare and social services

Access to essential health care, shelter and housing, water and sanitation, food and basic education are basic human rights. 

While welfare and disability services are intended to support people when they need it most, recent research shows that accessing the Disability Support Pension (DSP) can negatively affect people’s mental health.

Stigma and the psychosocial stressors involved in applying for and maintaining that support were cited as causes of the harms.