James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund (JWSMF)

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The JWSMF is a fund set up by James Wentworth-Stanley's parents following the death of their 21 year old son James in 2006. We are committed to reducing the number of suicides in this country, particularly focused on young people and men. We fund research, training and emotional support and believe suicide is preventable.
James’ Place, which was set up in summer 2018, is a non-clinical centre for men experiencing suicidal crisis and is the first service of its kind in the UK. Taking referrals from local hospitals, and student counselling services, visitors will be offered a service of one-to-one free therapeutic support during their time of need.
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Organisation Details

Address Dor-Knap House
Middle Hill
Nr Broadway
WR12 7LA
Website www.jwsmf.org
Facebook JWSMF

How would you describe your organisation's role in contributing to the delivery of NSPA’s outcomes to reducing suicide and improving support for those bereaved or affected by suicide?

JWSMF is instrumental in bringing together small organisations invested in suicide prevention via The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC). As a result we have first-hand knowledge of areas that need support. In particular we have funded research into the experience of suicidal feelings, training university staff in suicide awareness/prevention, Nightline support for students, urgent funding for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide to continue supporting bereaved families, lobbying for changes in confidentiality law, advising the Department of Health on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

What are the current challenges to delivering NSPA’s outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The current challenges in suicide prevention are: 1. Stigma surrounding suicide 2. Lack of funding (Govt.) 3. Cultural changes (religious, gender etc.) 4. Ignorance that suicide is a male phenomenon 5. Dealing with people in suicidal crisis in clinical settings, such as A&E. Wrong environment.

What are your organisation’s priority actions for the next 12 months, to contribute to the reduction of suicide and improved support for those bereaved or affected by suicide, and which address the challenges you have set out?

Pilot crisis centres in two locations as part of local suicide prevention plans

JWSMF believes that suicides could be greatly reduced if urgent one-to-one counselling could be accessed in a calm, non-clinical setting. We believe A&E is the wrong setting for those in despair and we are committed to helping provide a place for those in crisis to be signposted to. Too often, people are sectioned or sent home as there is no other option to keep them safe.

Co-funding evaluation of a public educational leafet “It’s safe to talk about suicide”

Dr Christabel Owens of Exeter University Medical School has designed a leaflet based on research, to be distributed via GP practices, Job Centres, Universities and Colleges etc. The leaflet will undergo a robust evaluation prior to being made more widely available.

Co-funding Oxford Health Experiences Institute & Centre for Suicide Research to develop resources to assist responders to those bereaved by suicide

Existing material from HealthTalkOnline on bereavement by suicide will be adapted and developed to provide a training resource for those in close contact with those bereaved by suicide. This will include clinicians, police, coroners’ officers etc.

Supporting University of Worcester to become England’s first ‘suicide safer’ University

JWSMF has agreed to co-fund a PhD studentship focusing on suicide prevention at Worcester University. The University has developed an action plan for suicide prevention as a result of meetings with JWSMF and TASC. They are already installing a Nightline and providing ‘SafeTALK’ of ‘Youth MHFA’ for residential ambassadors.

Continuing to support existing projects listed below

Student Minds


CPC (Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Primary Care)

Open Minds