James Wentworth-Stanley took his own life, aged 21, in December 2006. Like so many young men and women who choose to end their lives, James had so much to live for. He had no history of mental illness or depression. He was not a heavy drinker or a drug user. James’ decline from being his normal, happy self to being anxious, depressed and ultimately suicidal was rapid and those close to him were unable to appreciate the severity of what was happening. He had sought help from his local health service, but the service was not equipped to deal with his needs.
The James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund (JWSMF) was set up to help raise awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide amongst young people and to tackle the terrible and shocking statistic that suicide is the leading cause of death amongst young men in the UK. We have been supporting organisations in their ambition to improve suicide understanding through research and collaboration and are a founding member of The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities, through which we encourage the co-funding of projects, sharing of information, lobbying and influencing Government policy and working closely with others on all aspects of suicide prevention.
Whilst we are proud of the work we have done to date, it is now our aspiration to shift our purpose from a grant-giving body to also providing frontline counselling and psychotherapy services to those in suicidal crisis - a service that doesn’t currently exist in the UK. We have developed the model and have secured funding to pilot our first crisis centre – called James’ Place. Our first James’ Place will be based in Liverpool, and will start in the spring of 2017. Our plan is to imbed and evaluate the service before rolling out more centres across the UK.
We are embarking on an ambitious and exciting project that will be very innovative within the mental health sector and which now requires us to expand the team and recruit our first Executive Director. We are looking for a motivated and confident senior leader to support the Board in the implementation, delivery and promotion of James’ Place, whilst supporting the day to day running of JWSMF.
Our new Executive Director will ideally have knowledge of the funding and policy environments in which JWSMF operates, especially the mental health sector, with knowledge of NHS structures and suicide prevention being particularly helpful. Experience of delivering services within a clinical setting and clinical governance would be a preference. Successful project management and good commercial and operational skills will be essential, as is empathy for our mission and values.
To find out more about this opportunity, including our aims and ambitions for the future and further details on James’ Place, please download the full Appointment Brief on the Prospectus website by clicking on the Apply button.
Published advert closing date: 3 November 2016
Prospectus interview dates: 9 - 16 November 2016
Interviews with the Board: w/c 21 November 2016