Elevate and embed lived experience participation in policy development, design, delivery, andevaluation of all mental health services.
Mental health and wellbeing go hand in hand with the experience of suitable housing, food security, physical, psychological and cultural safety, meaningful education and employment, and freedom from racism and discrimination.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities continue to experience disproportionally limited access to these basic social determinants that allow us to thrive. To create genuine and long-lasting change, these issues must be addressed in an equitable and focussed way for all Territorians. Focussed efforts for positive change must include:
Invest in, develop, and support a stable, collaborative, community-based workforce in regional, rural, and remote communities that provides culturally secure, best practice mental health services.
All Territorians need to be able to access culturally secure and supportive services where they live.
The mental health system in the NT is skewed towards supporting people when they are acutely unwell and the majority of services are provided in Darwin and regional centres.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people must lead all policy development, service design, implementation and evaluation of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing programs servicing First Nations communities.
There are many Territorians who aren’t eligible or aren’t able to access the supports they need from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
While NTMHC are not a service provider, we can point you in the direction of services that can support you.