Overall suicide rates in the Northern Territory continue to be notably higher than for the general Australian population.
As outlined in the 2012 report Gone Too Soon, the youth suicide rate in the NT is three and a half times the national average. Indigenous suicide rates are considerably higher than for the general Australian population.
Many factors contribute to the higher rate of suicide in the NT, including the remote nature of much of the population, a low availability of psychosocial support, and the percentage of people who fall into high risk categories. Focused and culturally-secure service models are required in order to reduce this disparity.
An integral part of NT PHN’s role in suicide prevention is to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that are at heightened risk of suicide, and support the implementation of culturally-based suicide prevention activities. This work is guided by the goals and actions of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy.