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 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.

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 mental illness, suicide and related issues.

Whole Person

We know co-occurring issues related to trauma, alcohol and other drug use are common. We value the lived experience of the whole person. We include people with lived experience of trauma and alcohol and other drug use.

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.

Our committment

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’.  

Our Activity

May Newsletter

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

Online Survey: Your Voice Matters!

We have created an online survey to capture the experience and views of Territorians about NT Government mental health services. The survey takes less than 30 minutes to complete, and has optional…

Opportunity to share your lived experience

The NT Lived Experience Network and ABC journalist Jacqueline Breen are conducting research for an online article about the support provided during a mental health crisis by NT Police and…