Helena is a lived experience researcher. Her research includes involvement with the development of the Queensland and National Lived Experience Workforce Guidelines and publishing several articles on the Lived Experience workforce. She has qualifications in Social Work, Suicide Prevention, Forensic Mental Health and Mental Health Practice. She is currently completing her PhD on subjective experiences of mental health crisis and crisis care. Her research and peer practice are the culmination of her personal experience, collective lived expertise, work experience, and formal study and training- including, Intentional Peer Support, eCPR, Open Dialogue and Certified Personal Medicine. Helena is driven to work in ways that build our collective community capacity to hold and respond to distress. She is committed to centring first person perspectives within all areas of her practice and to address injustice. Helena loves seeking out creative projects that involve avenues for greater collective connection and belonging.