Lived Experience Network
Our vision is to provide a collective and independent voice for people with lived experience of issues related to mental distress, trauma, suicide and addiction in the Northern Territory. People with lived experience, hold vital knowledge about what is needed from the system, both for individual care and at broader levels.
Why it's important
What the evidence says
Meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of issues related to mental distress, trauma, suicide and addiction is essential to achieving better mental health, social and wellbeing outcomes for all Australians. This is represented in the 32 detailed actions of the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and by the National Mental Health Commission.
Meeting a need in the NT
All other Australian states and territories have lived experience representative bodies to provide a collective voice for people with lived experience. Our aim is to gather the knowledge, experience and perspectives of Territorians to inform the way the mental health, suicide prevention and alcohol and drug systems and services are planned, developed, delivered and evaluated in the Northern Territory.
The NT Lived Experience Network began as a volunteer driven initiative instigated by local people seeking to make meaning and create purpose from their personal experience or experience caring for someone affected by issues related to mental distress, trauma, suicide and addiction. We have received funding to develop and trial our peer programs, however all of our advocacy remains unfunded. We rely on lived experience volunteers and the broader lived experience community to create independant submissions in order to ‘make the system better’.