For the past decade, Joan has been working tirelessly in the area of mental health. When suicide and self-harm were subjects that were so forbidden, so misunderstood, she spoke with clarity and compassion, and gave thousands of people in distress a life-jacket.
Over the years, many people and organisations have been driven to show Joan exactly what her work has meant to us all. One of the first accolades she received was the Dublin Soul Award, a true honour for the born and bred Dubliner. Just a couple of years later, Joan was privileged to be the recipient of the People of the Year Award from an Taoiseach. What an honour it was to know that the people of Ireland thanked and recognised her for determination in making sure that those suffering with mental health issues had a voice.
Joan’s most recent celebration was receiving a Special Recognition Award at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Ceremony 2016. This award, and all the others that have gone before it, hold special meaning for Joan, as each of them acknowledge how hard she has worked to bring compassion and understanding to the area of mental health, and how she has helped save the lives of thousands of people who have struggled with suicide ideation.