Northern Territory Suicide Prevention

Mental Health Planning 2019

Starting on 30 January, the following consultation sessions will be open for all Territorians:

A) Community consultation to review the Northern Territory Mental Health Strategic Plan

Participation in the community consultation will allow you to provide feedback on the Strategic Plan’s vision, principles and key priority areas. Session dates and venues are available from the Registration form.

B) Community briefing sessions to develop regional suicide prevention plans

Sessions are designed to assist in the development of regional suicide prevention plans. These plans provide communities direction and regional goals to help support those in need and outlines measures to reduce suicide in the area. Session dates and venues are available from the Registration form.

How to have your say

1. Attend a consultation session by emailing the completed Registration form to

2. Complete the online questionnaire by 31 March 2019.

Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework 2018-2023

The Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework 2018-2023 represents our strategy to reduce the Territories suicide rate by half over the next ten years.

It outlines the three priority areas for focus:

  • Building stronger communities that have increased capacity to respond to and prevent suicidal behaviour through raising awareness and reducing stigma
  • Informed, inclusive services that provide timely, integrated, compassionate and culturally safe responses that meet the diverse needs of people across the Territory
  • Focused and evidence-informed support for the most vulnerable groups of people.

Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework 2018-2023

Consultation to develop the framework

The framework was developed as the result of extensive public consultation across the Northern Territory, to ensure care will be delivered in a culturally safe, respectful and compassionate manner.

Implementation Plan

To support the strategic framework, an implementation plan has been established and will be overseen by the Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Coordination Committee.

The plan outlines the government’s vision in achieving its goal to reducing the suicide rate over the next 10 years and improve the health and wellbeing of the Northern Territory people.

Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Strategic Framework, Implementation Plan

Community Grant

The Northern Territory Suicide Prevention Community Grant provides community members and non-government organisations funding to deliver localised suicide prevention activities across the Territory.

2018 suicide prevention community grant recipients

Grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded to support locally-led projects or activities that address an identified suicide prevention need.

Of the 44 applications that were submitted, 22 projects were funded for the 2018/19 financial year.

Successful activities align with at least one of the three following priority areas:

  • build inclusive communities and strengthen community resilience
  • address stigma and discrimination
  • raise awareness of effective suicide prevention practices.

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Successful projects

Organisation Project nameDescription Grant AmountRegion
Urapuntja Health Service Aboriginal Health Service Community mental health first aid courses To provide specifically age and culturally identified and appropriate mental health first aid courses to community members, local staff and students. $10,000 Central Australia
The Hub of Respect  Making a Difference Program The Making A Difference program is a prevention and early intervention program aimed at vulnerable young people and adults that have been identified as engaging or likely to be engaged in high risk behaviours. $9,800 Central Australia
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation  Waltja-Tjutangku Tjungkungku Kanyintjaku Tjananya 'Coming Together Looking After Them Project' The provision of workshops for males and females to identify safe places, safe people, and develop the skills to feel safe when you have "big worries". $10,000 Central Australia
MacDonnell Regional Council  Central Australia Suicide Prevention Workshop Bringing together people from throughout the Central Australian region with a focus on suicide prevention strategies for both youth and adults. The “Little Red Threatbook” will be redeveloped to ensure it is culturally appropriate. $10,000 Central Australia
Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program The delivery of a suicide awareness campaign as part of the Health Bodies Healthy Mind program in the Yirrkala community. $10,000 East Arnhem
Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation Gunyangara Dirramu Mala Walk Project The provision of a safe space where Gunyanagra Birritjmi men can meet with clinicians to share stories and understanding and creating a platform for health education and support. $10,000 East Arnhem
Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation Yirrkala Dirramu Mala Walk Project The provision of a safe space where Yirrkala men can meet with clinicians to share stories and understanding and creating a platform for health education and support. $10,000 East Arnhem
Miwatj Aboriginal Health Corporation Miwatj Youth Reference Group Engage young people in a youth reference group to advise Miwatj Health on youth related matters, and generate actions and awareness. $10,000 East Arnhem
Laynhapuy Homelands Aboriginal Corporation Girls Youth Wellbeing Camps The provision of mental health, suicide prevention education and information sessions to Indigenous youth aged 12-18 years within a wellbeing camp model. $10,000 East Arnhem
AFL Northern Territory Kicking Community Goals on Suicide Prevention project Suicide prevention training to be provided to staff who support ALF programs in remote communities. These staff will then provide awareness campaigns in Galiwinku, Maningrida and the Gove peninsula. $8,811 West and East Arnhem
Tiwi Contractors  Community BBQ event Hosting a community BBQ to provide information on community development programs, employment opportunities and showcasing existing helpline and support organisations with guest speakers to provide expertise on suicide prevention strategies. $960 Tiwi Islands
Telling Story: Sudha Coutinho Tiwi Strong Women: Watering the Tree of Life A narrative therapy project utilising the Tree of Life methodology. In collaboration with Tiwi Strong Women’s Group. Tree of Life promotes the development of protective factors and resilience building. $10,000 Tiwi Islands
Darwin Indigenous Men's Service Inc Aboriginal Men's Healing and Yarning Circles An early intervention strategy with healing and yarning circles focus on increasing emotional resilience and reducing vulnerability to mental health and suicide ideation. $10,000 Darwin 
Dawn House Women and children's therapy Support for art materials to engage women and children in weekly programs to aid interpersonal skills, problem solving, mindfulness, self-esteem, resilience and self‑confidence building. $2,500 Darwin 
Multilingual Broadcasting Council NT Inc. Multilingual Suicide Awareness and Support Broadcasting Program Produce and broadcast through the Multilingual Broadcasting Council, suicide prevention and support messages in languages other than English that target the migrant and refugee sector in Darwin. $10,000 Darwin 
SabrinasRide4life Darwin Suicide Bereavement Support Group Establishment of a support group in Darwin for those in the community who have been impacted and have a lived experience of suicide, to educate others in the community about accessing help in times of need. $10,000 Darwin 
Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network Community Engagement Project Facilitate community events in direct response to local community needs as well as to support events around suicide prevention and mental health awareness. $10,000 Darwin 
Darwin Youth Suicide Prevention Network Dance for Life events Engage youth across Darwin and Palmerston to reduce stigma associated with suicide. The bi-monthly community events will raise awareness on the issues of bullying and social and emotional wellbeing. $9,650 Darwin and Palmerston 
Palmerston Rugby Union Club NT Rugby: R U OK? Round 2019 NT Rugby Union and Palmerston Rugby Club will facilitate an R U OK? Round in the rugby 2019 competition with the objective of promoting R U OK? Suicide prevention and wellbeing strategies to players, their families and friends, and the wider NT community. $8,000 Palmerston 
Telling Story: Sudha Coutinho Good stories that make spirit strong - unearthing Beswick community wisdom to face hard times  Telling Story will collaborate with Roper Gulf Regional Council to support community members who have experienced grief, loss and trauma to promote strengths based approaches and transformative stories. $10,000 Katherine 
OzHelp Foundation Suicide prevention for remote cattle stations in NT OzHelp staff will travel throughout the NT to remote cattle stations and provide support and awareness for physical and mental health. $9,983 Katherine and throughout NT
Charles Darwin University (CDU) Suicide prevention awareness training for CDU staff Suicide prevention training for CDU staff to increase suicide awareness and skills to identify at risk students. $9,820 Territory wide


To find out more contact the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch on (08) 8999 2553 or email

Last updated: 28 March 2019

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