If you, or someone you know, is at risk of suicide:

In an emergency:

  • Call 000
  • Go to the Emergency Department of the local hospital
  • Contact the NT Mental Health Line 1800 682 288 for advice from the Crisis Assessment and Support Team.

Phone and online services available 24 hours a day:

Support for Families and Carers

MHACA – Connecting Communities in Response to Suicide

MHACA has held a leading role in suicide prevention work in Central Australia since 2001 through connecting community members and organisations and providing training and education.

In the Northern Territory close to 50 people die by suicide each year with significant numbers of people attempting suicide and many others impacted by suicide and suicidal behaviour. In 2019, 3,318 people died by suicide in Australia. It is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44 years with men more than three times more likely to die by suicide than women. Rates of suicide among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are double the rate for non-indigenous people.

Are They Okay – Suicide Prevention Presentation

MHACA is offering workplaces and community groups a free 60 minute presentation designed to equip attendees with basic information on how to support others who may be thinking about suicide or are in crisis. Learn how to notice, how to have a conversation and what options there are for support. For more information contact the MHACA  89504600 or email info@mhaca.org.au

Life Promotion Network

The Life Promotion Network (LPN) is a suicide prevention network for Central Australia and is currently facilitated by MHACA as part of the Wesley Lifeforce Networks. The LPN meets bimonthly with community representatives who live and work in Central Australia and have a personal and/or professional interest in suicide prevention. Please email info@mhaca.org.au if you would like to learn more about the LPN or go on the mailing list.

Little Red Threat Book

The Little Red Threat Book was developed by the LPN and MHACA through collaboration with community representatives from Central Australia as a resource for families and workers in response to people who use suicide as a threat. Download a copy and read more here.

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day is a yearly event to reflect on the impact of suicide on families and communities and highlight suicide prevention initiatives. If you would like to be involved in organising the event in 2021 please contact info@mhaca.org.au or call 89504600.

Suicide Bereavement

MHACA is currently facilitating a Women’s Healing Circle every Wednesday at 10.30am for Aboriginal Women who have been impacted by suicide. Please contact the Suicide Prevention Officer at MHACA by emailing info@mhaca.org.au or calling 89504600 for more information,

MHACA is also currently seeking input from the community regarding the support needs of people who have been impacted by suicide.  Please contact the Suicide Prevention Officer at MHACA by emailing info@mhaca.org.au or calling 89504600 if you have been impacted by suicide and can share your thoughts.

Suicide Story

The Suicide Story Program uses both-ways learning to guide understanding, reduce stigma and equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to respond to suicide risk in remote Aboriginal communities. Recently MHACA has been working with the Suicide Story Aboriginal Advisory Group to transition the program to Aboriginal Community Control. The program will be managed by AMSANT in 2021.

Further reading about suicide prevention

Department of Health | The Prime Minister’s National Suicide Prevention Adviser

Suicide Prevention White Paper 2020 – Black Dog Institute

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project : ATSISPEP The University of Western Australia

“Suicide and suicidal behaviour will affect most Australians at some point in their lives, often leaving long lasting and far-reaching impacts on individuals, families, workplaces, services and communities.” (Australian Government 2020)