In accordance to the Equality Act 2010, a Mental Health Condition that effects participation in daily activities is considered to be a Disability. However not everyone with a Mental Health Condition considers themselves to have a Disability. However, Capable Creatures (CC) value the concepts of the ‘Social Model of Disability’ because they believe that many of these are true to those experiencing a Mental Health Condition, whether they see their condition as a 'Disability' or not. The principle of this model is that ‘the very, isolation, disadvantage and social exclusion experienced by many Disabled People are not the result of their impairments or medical conditions, but rather stem from attitudinal, organisational, and environmental barriers, including stigma, discrimination and policy' also is applicable to people with Mental Health Conditions.

Poor mental health is both a cause and a consequence of poverty, compromised education, gender inequality, ill-health, violence and other global challenges. It impedes the individual's capacity to work productively, realize their potential and make a contribution to their community (UN). Therefore, it is the environmental, organisational and attitudinal barriers of society that need to change, so that people with Mental Health Conditions can have full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms to live an independent fulfilling life of their choosing on an equal basis with others.