James’ Place is an initiative formed by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley after they lost their 21-year-old son, James to suicide. James went looking for someone to talk to about his anxiety and suicidal thoughts but sadly didn’t find the urgent help he needed. James’ Place now exists to support men who are experiencing a suicidal crisis.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
James’ Place is a centre that offers support to men over the age of 18 who are experiencing a suicidal crisis in response to predominantly social and psychological stressors. We provide quick access to non-residential therapy and support. Without the support of JP, we believe these men would either be offered a psychiatric intervention which may not be appropriate or would be at risk of ending their life.
We believe that collaborating with friends and family during the intervention will save lives therefore we encourage the men using our service to nominate their supporter who we will actively engage with.
What are your current priorities?
We are developing an innovative, evidence-based suicide prevention intervention which will focus on decreasing suicidal distress. We will support the men practically and emotionally through the crisis period, enabling them to learn new coping strategies.
– To develop and evaluate our suicide prevention intervention
– To build our capacity, ensuring that we meet the needs of our local population
– To develop our relationships with local stakeholders ensuring our services are available to those who need them
– To raise our profile in Liverpool ensuring future sustainability and those who require our services can access us.
What challenges are you currently facing?
There’s no template for setting up a suicidal crisis centre for men in Liverpool, or anywhere. We want to be the first-place people think of when they know that their brother, son or dad is struggling. We opened our doors in August and we are now supporting 19 men. Our main challenge is to build our capacity as demand grows and ensure that we meet the needs of men at their point of crisis.