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Northern Territory
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.

Our Network

'Living' and 'Lived'

We recognise that for many people, their experience is ongoing. We recognise that for others, their experience is in the past. We include people with both 'living' and 'lived' experience.

Caring for Family

We include family and friends who provide care and support. We recognise that people who provide care and support may also experience issues related to mental distress, trauma, suicide and addiction.

Whole Person

We know co-occurring issues related to mental distress, trauma, suicide and addiction are common. We value the lived experience of the whole person.

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.

Our committment

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’.  

Our Activity

Health Matters Nov 2023

Health Matters is a group-based peer support program that helps you to identify what matters to you and learn strategies to live a meaningful life. it involves 7 short weekly sessions…

Perinatal Lived Experience Opportunity

The NT Health Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch is commencing a project to improve Perinatal Mental Health Screening services in the NT. They are seeking expressions of interest…

Lived Experience Focus Group

Royal Darwin Hospital Mental Health Unit Summary The NT Government is seeking people with lived experience to inform the design of new mental health facilities at Royal Darwin Hospital.  Interested…

June 2021 Newsletter

Our June 2021 Newsletter is out.  Click on the link below to see what we have been up to.   NTLEN Newsletter – June 2021 Click on the ‘subscribe’ button at…