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’ Place Charity 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.
For over ten years 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 and influencing of Government policy.
James’ Place Charity
London & Liverpool
In recent years, we have shifted our aspiration and purpose from a grant-giving body to primarily providing free one-to-one therapeutic support to those in suicidal crisis. In June 2018 we opened James’ Place in Liverpool - the UK’s first non-clinical centre for men over 18 years of age experiencing suicidal crisis. We provide free one-to-one therapeutic support for those in need and have already supported over 100 men through their suicidal crisis. We believe suicide is preventable and James’ Place will save lives.
We have embarked on an ambitious and exciting programme of work that is very innovative within the mental health sector. Our plan is to imbed and evaluate the James’ Place service before rolling out more centres across the UK. We are looking for a confident and self-starting senior leader to support the team and Board in the operational delivery of James’ Place in Liverpool, alongside our wider charitable ambitions and activities.
Our new Executive Director will have knowledge of the funding and policy environments in which James’ Place Charity operates, especially the mental health sector, with knowledge of NHS structures and suicide prevention being particularly helpful. Experience of delivering services and clinical governance would be a preference. Successful project management and good commercial, operational and leadership 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 which can be reached by clicking on the apply button. This also includes instructions on how to apply.
James’ Place Charity is committed to diversity and welcomes applications regardless of sex, gender, race, age, sexuality, religious belief or disability.
Closing Date: 3 April 2019
Prospectus Interviews: 8-25 April
Panel interviews with James’ Place Charity: W/C 29 April