In a significant milestone for the Northern Territory, NT Primary Health Network (PHN) and Northern Territory Government proudly announced the official launch of the 2023-2028 NT Suicide Prevention Framework Implementation, aptly named ‘Keeping Everyone Safe.’ This comprehensive framework marks a pivotal step in the commitment to prevent suicide and enhance the wellbeing of Northern Territory residents over the next five years.
The ‘Keeping Everyone Safe’ framework is a collective effort that outlines a series of strategic actions, uniting all sectors and stakeholders within the NT. Its primary objective is to guide substantial investments that will shape the future of suicide prevention initiatives in the regions.
This launch builds upon the strong foundation established by previous implementation plans, emphasising the NT’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the well-being of its community. With a robust strategy in place, the NT PHN in partnership with our stakeholders, aims to address the root causes of suicide, provide better support to those in need, and increase wellbeing and build strength throughout the regions.
The announcement ceremony hosted key dignitaries and advocates for mental health. Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Lauren Moss, was among the notable attendees.
The ‘Keeping Everyone Safe’ framework sets out a detailed roadmap, focusing on critical areas such as greater supports and earlier interventions for individuals, families and communities, , de-stigmatisation, investing in all NT workforces not just health or mental health, greater collaboration across the communities and building a stronger evidence base.. Through a multifaceted approach, it aims to foster a culture where individuals, families and communities feel supported, understood, and empowered to better prevent suicides.
NT PHN CEO, Gill Yearsley, expressed her optimism for the future, stating, “The launch of ‘Keeping Everyone Safe’ signifies a turning point in the Northern Territory. With the dedication of our community and the support of our partners, we are confident in our ability to make meaningful change in the lives of those who need it most.”
The framework’s success will depend on the collaborative efforts of government agencies, healthcare and non-health care providers, community organisations, and individuals, communities and families throughout the NT. By working together, NT PHN, NTG and its partners aspire to create a safer, more supportive environment that truly keeps everyone safe.
NT PHN’s Executive Managers in Alice Springs for the launch of the 2023-28 NT Suicide Prevention Framework Implementation Plan.