Specialisms: Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Crisis Care, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociation
Joy is the founder and CEO of an award-winning Suicide Crisis Centre in the U.K. which has attracted international recognition, including from the Ministry of Health in New Zealand.
She is also the author of suicide prevention books and has regularly contributed to television, radio and national news programmes. She has spoken at numerous national suicide prevention conferences.
Joy set up the Suicide Crisis Centre in 2013 to provide a different approach from that of psychiatric crisis services. She experienced suicidal crisis herself in 2012 after a traumatic experience and was placed under the care of psychiatric services.
She was named in the Queen’s New Year Honour’s List in 2019, receiving the British Empire Medal for her services to vulnerable people. In 2018 she received the Janey Antoniou award which celebrates “extraordinary achievement in fighting stigma and discrimination and bringing about change”.
The charity that Joy runs also provides a Trauma Centre which focuses on early intervention to help prevent people from experiencing a suicidal crisis. She speaks regularly on the subject of trauma and has been a headline speaker at a national trauma summit.