James’ Place is a non-clinical centre for men experiencing suicidal crisis and will be the first service of its kind in the UK. Taking referrals from local hospitals, student counselling services, police and street triage services, visitors will be offered a service of one-to-one free therapeutic support during their time of need.
At the age of 21, James Wentworth-Stanley chose to take his own life following a minor operation 10 days earlier. His anxiety about the outcome of the surgery led him to seek urgent help and advice but despite openly stating to medical staff at a Walk-In Centre that he was feeling suicidal, he was referred to A&E as a low priority, category-four, (Minor Illness). He sat on his own waiting to be seen for some time, his anxiety mounting by the second. In the end, too much time passed, and without speaking to anyone, James got up and walked out. He took his own life two days later. James’ parents, Nick & Clare, believe that, had there been a place for James to visit and speak to someone more immediately and with the right training, his life could have been saved and probably countless other lives too.
The opening of James’ Place has been made possible through the Row for James campaign run by his younger brother Harry, who along with three friends; Rory, Sam and Toby, rowed unassisted across the Atlantic in December 2016, raising over £600K for the James’ Place initiative. The first James’ Place will be in Liverpool based in the Georgian Quarter and is due to open at the end of September 2017.
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