By Bryan T. Smyth
5th March 2014
Joan Hamilton of Slí Eile in North Cork was named Cork Person of the Month
for her unique work and treatment for those suffering with mental health
Joan’s approach is based on the belief that people have the capacity to
recover their mental health, and that given support, understanding and
time, they will discover their own way forward, for a new and better
quality of life.
“The Slí Eile approach is about recovery through community living by
creating an environment which instils belief that change is possible”, said
Slí Eile (another way) provides housing and support services for people
caught up in the revolving door of the psychiatric system. The residents at
Slí Eile, Dromina, Charleville, get involved in farming and baking for sale
locally. The community farm gives meaningful occupation, looking after
animals, horticulture and many such outdoor jobs.
“I hope this award further promotes our recovery-focused living environment
for people experiencing mental health difficulties”, added Joan Hamilton.
MENTAL HEALTH PIONEER IS PERSON OF MONTH. Joan Hamilton of Sli Eile
(another way) based in North Cork, received the Cork Person of the Month
award to mark her unique community living approach for those suffering with
mental health issues. Pictured at the award presentation l/r Niamh Lehane,
Lexus Cork; Manus O’Callaghan, Awards Organiser; Joan Hamilton, Person of
Month ; Pat Lemasney, Southern. Pic Tony O’Connell Photography.