Lived Experience Network
Our vision is to provide a collective and independent voice for people with lived experience of issues related to mental illness and suicide 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 suicide, mental illness and related issues is essential to achieving better mental health 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 a lived experience network to provide a collective voice for people with lived experience. Our aim is to gather the knowledge and experience of Territorians to inform the way mental health and suicide prevention services are planned, developed, delivered and evaluated in the Northern Territory.
The NT Lived Experience Network is a volunteer driven initiative instigated by local people. Our volunteers have sought to make meaning and create purpose from their personal experience or experience caring for someone affected by issues related to mental illness, suicide, trauma or alcohol and other drug use. Our volunteers and members share a desire to use their knowledge and experience to ‘make the system better’.