A new branch of the suicide prevention charity James’ Place has opened in Newcastle, expanding its reach beyond London and Liverpool. Founded by the family of James Wentworth-Stanley, the charity aims to provide free treatment to suicidal men. With over 1,800 men already treated, James’ Place plans to open two more centers in England by 2026. The opening of the Newcastle branch is a significant step towards achieving their goal of providing timely and effective help to men in crisis.
The Newcastle center, located on Summerhill Street, accepts both self-referrals and referrals from health professionals, friends, or family members. Chief executive Ellen O’Donoghue emphasizes the importance of providing swift assistance to men in suicidal crisis. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50, and the North East of England has the highest rates in the country. By offering accessible and specialized support, James’ Place aims to make a meaningful impact on reducing these alarming statistics.
Connor Doyle, an individual who received help from the Liverpool center after attempting suicide, is one of many who have directly benefited from James’ Place. Seeking help can be a crucial step in finding alternative options and perspectives when someone feels that suicide is their only way out. The support and guidance provided by professionals who understand the complexities of mental health can make a transformative difference. Doyle describes how, after his first session, he felt like a different person, highlighting the power of intervention and compassionate care.
The expansion of James’ Place to Newcastle is particularly significant considering the high rates of suicide in the region. With suicide being a critical concern for men, the charity’s focus on providing targeted support and treatment is crucial. By opening more centers in England and increasing their annual capacity to treat 2,000 men, James’ Place is taking proactive steps to address this pressing issue. The work of the charity serves as a beacon of hope and a reminder that there are resources available to those in need, emphasizing the importance of seeking help and breaking the silence surrounding mental health challenges.