Struggling with substance misuse issues, Richard*, a 44-year-old Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander living in Darwin, was increasingly withdrawn and impulsive. With a history of trauma, Richard’s friends and family were concerned about his behaviour and suicidal tendencies.

When he was referred to Mission Australia’s Community Wellbeing and Healing Program in Darwin, Richard was hesitant – trust didn’t come easily for Richard after experiencing many relationship breakdowns.

It took persistence and ongoing compassion for Richard to build trust with our team. After prolonged engagement and relationship-building, Richard felt comfortable to reach out whenever he was feeling distressed.

This is just what I need—somebody who will listen and care.Richard

The Community Wellbeing and Healing Program is part of the National Suicide Prevention Trial. Thanks to Primary Health Network (PHN), this program works alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been affected by suicide and substance misuse issues.

Our team were thrilled to help Richard find stable and safe accommodation. With a safe place to call home, Richard’s mental health has improved significantly.

Richard has continued to work with our team to achieve his personal goals. He no longer experiences suicidal tendencies and has even reconnected with his estranged family.

His ongoing appointments with a local health practitioner have also helped Richard manage his physical and mental health.

Although his progress is ongoing, Richard has clear goals he looks forward to achieving.

Thanks to the PHN, our Community Wellbeing and Healing team can make a positive impact on Richard’s life and support his journey towards independence.


*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the people we help. 

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