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Tracking, combating suicide in the Top End

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24 January 2018

New research in the Northern Territory notes ‘two significant characteristics that add to the complexity of delivering mental health and suicide prevention services in the Northern Territory. The first is the wide geographic spread of a comparatively small population, relative to other states and territories. The second is the significant trauma and disadvantage experienced by a large proportion of the NT’s Aboriginal population…

‘In Darwin and Alice Springs, people living with mental illness and their carers experience frustration and marginalisation in navigating a mental health system that often appears fragmented, over-worked and under-resourced. In urban and remote areas, the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to involve uncertainty around the viability of service delivery under the scheme, and gaps in support for people with psycho-social disabilities who are ineligible for NDIS is a key concern for many.

‘Nationally, rates of suicide and mental health issues amongst young people and older people are alarming, and the expansion of child and adolescent mental health services [is] a priority across the Northern Territory. The needs of the NT’s growing migrant and refugee population are less clear but no less important for the mental health sector to respond to [and] as in many parts of Australia, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people continue to experience stigma and discrimination in the community, including in accessing health services in the NT.’

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