Praise for men’s mental health charity for ‘kindness and understanding’

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Praise for suicide prevention charity
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A man who attended a suicide prevention charity opened by HRH The Prince of Wales to tackle the ongoing men’s mental health crisis has praised the centre for treating him with respect, kindness and understanding.

James’ Place, located in Bunhill Row near Old Street, has helped over 245 suicidal men within its first year.

The centre offers free therapy to men in suicidal crisis, and has operations in Liverpool and London.

Suicide is the single leading cause of death for men under 50 and men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide.

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Marwan, who works in the entertainment industry, says that he was helped by James’ Place last year.

He explained that he arrived at the charity after being referred following months of experiencing suicidal thoughts, and actively looking at ways of taking his own life in ‘as painless a way possible.’

He said: “I was treated with respect, kindness and understanding throughout my 10-week course of talk therapy and allowed to reach my comfort zone of being able to talk about why I wanted to end my life following my therapist creating an environment of trust and candour.”

James’ Place has treated over 1,500 suicidal men since the opening of its first centre in Liverpool in 2018, delivering over 7,500 therapy sessions.

Dan Bracken, Head of James’ Place London, said: “Our wonderful team of therapists quickly gets to the heart of their crisis and help them solve it. If you are a suicidal man and need our support, please do reach out to us. London can be a challenging place to live, and nobody should face a suicidal crisis alone.”

The process of referral is that men can self-refer or be referred to James’ Place by a professional including those working in health and community services, or by a friend or family member. Men who are in suicidal crisis in London can seek support from James’ Place by contacting them directly Monday-Friday from 9:30am-5:30pm.

Alternatively, you can visit www.jamesplace.org.uk.

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