Joy Hibbins Founder and Director of Suicide Crisis, a charity which runs a Suicide Crisis Centre in Cheltenham, UK

Joy is the founder and director of Suicide Crisis, a charity which runs a Suicide Crisis Centre in Gloucestershire, UK. The charity aims to provide innovative ways to support people who are at risk of suicide.

Joy experienced suicidal crisis after a traumatic experience in March 2012. She was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder and a post-traumatic syndrome. Unable to find the right kind of help, she set up the kind of services which would have helped her and which are now helping other people. Her personal experience of mental health services led to a realisation that there was a need for a very different type of care for people who are in crisis.

The charity also runs a Trauma Centre providing early intervention to help prevent a person from experiencing crisis.

Joy has written a book "Suicide Crisis: The Story" which explains how her own suicidal crisis and her experience of mental health services led to the setting up of the charity.

She is an Oxford University graduate, having gained a place after attending a local state school in Gloucestershire. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to take up a university place at a time when financial grants (maintenance grants) were still available for people on low incomes.

The Suicide Crisis website is at:- www.suicidecrisis.co.uk

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