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Helen Day

Representative Title: Northern Territory Consumer Representative
Membership Type: Consumer
Biography: Helen Day is the Northern Territory Consumer Representative for the forum. She has lived mental health experience and was born in Darwin but raised in Canberra returning to the Territory in 2009. She changed careers to work in the mental health industry in 2017, and currently is the Chief Executive Officer for the only Northern Territory consumer-run drop-in centre – Top End Mental Health Consumers Organisation (TEMHCO). This drop-in centre provides a range of holistic therapeutic activities to assist with mental health recovery plus encourage social inclusion. In her current role, she has been able to use both her personal and work experience to advocate for consumers living with mental health, who can sense her experience, genuine empathy and can feel safe to share any concerns. Helen is a qualified counsellor who provides basic one-on-one counselling services for the consumers who attend the centre. She is currently involved in a working group to establish a Northern Territory Lived Experience Network (NTLEN). She a co-facilitator of the Wellways My Recovery Program and is also a member of the Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition. Before working in the mental health industry, Helen had a successful career as an accountant working both in both the public and private sector with Non-government and not-for-profit charity organisations. One of her greatest achievements as an accountant was when she was appointed as Chief Financial Officer for a large Aboriginal Corporation to assist them in coming out of Special Administration. Helen first developed a passion for protecting consumer rights in the health industry when she worked for the Consumers Health Forum in Canberra during the early 90s. She believes that progress is achievable when the voices and expertise of people with lived experience and service providers can work together for the same purpose.