Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero

Nominee

2016 NT Local Hero Nominee

Ngaree Ah Kit

Town: Karama
State: Northern Territory

Suicide prevention crusader

After losing her brother to suicide in 2007, Ngaree Ah Kit encountered a big community of survivors dealing with great loss and decided to bring them together. In 2010 she helped to establish the Darwin Region Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network to reduce the rate of suicide amongst Indigenous people – which is up to 30 times the national average - and to provide meaningful support to bereaved families. In her paid employment with the Northern Territory Department of Health, Ngaree helps to deliver on the government’s suicide prevention strategies.

A member of the National Lived Experience Network Leadership Group for Suicide Prevention Australia, Ngaree is not afraid to tackle other big issues, such as ice addiction and the Intervention. An active member of the organising committee for Darwin's NAIDOC Week, Ngaree works tirelessly to instil pride in her community and to encourage others to play their part in improving their own lives and those of their friends, family and community.

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