Life-saving support for men in suicidal crisis
Lowther Castle charity partner, James’ Place exists to save the lives of men in suicidal crisis. The charity was set up by Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley in 2008 after their 21-year-old son, James, died by suicide ten days after a minor operation. James had no history of mental illness or depression and had sought urgent help for anxiety and suicidal thoughts, but didn’t find it.
Everyone who works at James’ Place knows that men find it very difficult to ask for help, and sometimes talking about their thoughts of suicide can be a barrier to accessing services. At James’ Place, men aged 18+ can have a quick, safe and effective intervention that is available at the point of crisis. With the guidance of trained therapists, men begin to understand how they got there, what is keeping the crisis going and importantly learn new ways of coping that will help if a similar set of circumstances arises in the future.
James’ Place centres
The first James’ Place opened in June 2018 in Liverpool, the first of its kind in the UK. The second James’ Place centre opened in London in 2022. Since 2018, the charity has supported more than 1,200 men experiencing suicidal crisis, delivering over 5,300 therapy sessions using an innovative and safe therapeutic intervention.
The plan is to open three new James’ Place centres in the UK over the next three years. The partnership with Lowther Castle and Gardens is crucial to this goal. Once all five centres are open, this remarkable charity will be able to support up to 2000 men in suicidal crisis per year across England.
Suicide: UK facts and figures
- Suicide and intentional self-harm are the leading causes of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK.
- Three times as many men die by suicide than women.
- Those at highest risk are men aged 50 to 54 years who have a rate of at 22.7 per 100,000 population. (ONS 2022)
- The North West has the second highest rate of death by suicide. (ONS 2022)