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The Way Back Suicide Recovery and Support

The NT has the highest suicide rate of any Australian state or territory by a significant margin.

An initial trial of The Way Back, funded by the Movember Foundation, was launched in Darwin in June 2014, and was delivered locally, with oversight from Beyond Blue. An independent evaluation was conducted by Ernst & Young, which led to a second iteration of the service ran in 2016/2017.

Funded by NT Health, NT Primary Health Network and Beyond Blue for its third iteration, TeamHEALTH has been delivering The Way Back, since May 2020.

People who have attempted suicide, or experienced a suicidal crisis, often experience severe distress in the days and weeks immediately afterwards and are at high risk of attempting again.

Beyond Blue have developed The Way Back Support Service to support them through this critical risk period.

A Support Coordinator contacts the person within one business day of receiving their referral and works with them to tailor a program for up to three months after discharge from hospital.

Call us if you wish to discuss this service in more detail or simply complete and submit the below referral form.

The Way Back Support Service Referral Form

What is the Referral Form?

A referral is defined as a request for review/assessment/support made on behalf of a client or potential client by a clinician/worker at a referring agency. The initial referral to The Way Back Support Service will most commonly include the Referral Form detailing key demographic and health information.

How to use this Form:

The Referral Form should be used by the referring agency to refer potential clients into The Way Back Support Service.

Use of this referral form is not compulsory, but if used please ensure your organisation details are inserted into the appropriate fields.

  • Please tick the consent box for each referral.
  • Please attach a copy of the care plan, safety plan and/ or assessment summary (if available)
  • Please assist the participant to complete the brief risk assessment.
  • A team member from The Way Back Support Service may follow up with you if more information

    is required to assess suitability or eligibility for the service.

  • If they are deemed eligible, a Support Coordinator from The Way Back Support Service will contact the person being referred.

The Way Back Support Service Referral


(No word limit)



Participant Risk Factors


The Way Back is a psychosocial program, not a clinical program. It is necessary for participants to nominate a clinician to provide support and clinical oversight. At times it can be difficult for the TWBSS team to contact clinicians, so providing consent to speak to multiple clinicians is preferred. Clinical oversight can be provided by a GP, private psychologist or psychiatrist, or the psychologist provided through the program. Please nominate a PNC and detail additional clinicians and/or service providers below.


Get in touch

To find out more about The Way Back Suicide Recovery and Support services, please fill out the enquiry form below.

Do you need emergency help?

NT Mental Health Line

Ph: 1800 682 288


Ph: 13 11 14

Emergency Services

Ph: 000

Kids Helpline

Ph: 1800 55 1800

Suicide Call Back Service

Ph: 1300 659 467


Ph: 1800 650 890