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James’ Place Liverpool is temporarily moving online
23 March 2020

At James’ Place, it is our priority to protect the health and wellbeing of people we support, staff and volunteers.

 

Due to the recent updating of Government guidelines regarding the response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, James’ Place now offers online and telephone therapy to men in the Liverpool area. The centre will temporarily stop offering face to face intervention as from Monday 23 March.

 

While there has been no known case of the disease among our staff or people visiting the centre, we feel that we need to comply to the national response to delay further propagation.

 

If you are already seeing a therapist

 

We will continue to support the men already in our therapeutic care via phone or video calls. We will prioritise men who need our urgent attention based on our initial assessment, and may delay therapy sessions for a few weeks for men who feel this is appropriate.

 

The online therapeutic session will still be a one-to-one meeting with a trained professional, and clients will have their focused and undivided attention during that hour. It’s particularly important in these difficult times that we use our therapists’ time as well as possible. We are continuing to book and manage each appointment so it’s specific to each man, at a time that suits him.  

 

If you need help but haven’t been in touch yet

 

We have limited availability to offer therapeutic care during this period. Every referral will be assessed on a case by case basis. We can still only take referrals for men in suicidal crisis in the Liverpool area. You can find more information about who we can support here.

 

If you have recently visited our centre and are experiencing symptoms of the virus

 

If you are experiencing the symptoms of the virus (a new cough or a high temperature), please follow the NHS guidelines, stay at home and call 111. If you have recently visited our centre, please do contact us to let us know as soon as possible.

 

We will follow this plan until further notice.

 

For more information, please contact us via email: info@jamesplace.org.uk

An update from James' Place
17 March 2020

We have been following the development of the Coronavirus pandemic and the advice from the UK Government to ensure that we keep our staff, volunteers and the men we support safe.

 

We are aware this is a time of great uncertainty and anxiety for many people. We are doing all we can to keep our life-saving service open and available to the men who need it.

 

We are continuing to offer our intervention to men in suicidal crisis and to take new referrals; however we are working with all our clients to find the most appropriate way of maintaining contact. We will be moving towards online consultations this week, and we anticipate that we will no longer offer face-to-face appointments in our centre from Monday 23rd March until further notice.

 

As the situation changes, we will post further updates on social media and our website. 

 

Events

 

We have had to cancel or postpone a number of fundraising events, including our ‘Art is the highest form of hope’ event at Tate Liverpool and the bucket collection during The Grand National Festival. Plans for the World Run are currently being reviewed and updated. We will be working with all our brilliant volunteers to find new ways to support our work in the coming year.

 

Looking after ourselves and each other

 

We believe that it is important to take care of our mental health during this extraordinary and challenging time. We would like to share a few tips from our therapists that everyone can take note of, in the hope that they are useful in the coming weeks and months. ​

Read more on our blog.

James' Place Chosen as Merseyrail's Charity of the Year 2020
26 January 2020

We’re excited to announce that James’ Place has been chosen as Merseyrail’s Charity of the Year 2020. 

 

Employees at Merseyrail voted for James' Place as their chosen charity and will fundraise throughout 2020 to support our work helping in men suicidal crisis. Merseyrail kicked off their support with a £10,000 donation, presented at the Mersey Rail Stakeholder reception, which brought together local organisations, shareholders and politicians.

 

“James’ Place provides invaluable support to men feeling suicidal and the services they offer save lives right across the Liverpool City Region.

 

We’re very much looking forward to working with James’ Place this year, and to supporting the charity’s valuable efforts to make a difference to the lives of these men and their families.” - Jane English, Merseyrail’s HR Director

 

Since our launch in 2018, we’ve helped over 250 men in suicidal crisis and this support from Merseyrail throughout the year will help us reach even more men in crisis.

 

“We are so pleased and grateful to be chosen as Merseyrail’s Charity of the Year. It means a great deal to me, and to all the team at James’ Place, that the employees themselves have voted to support us. 

 

We opened in Liverpool 18 months ago, and have been profoundly touched by how readily our work has been welcomed. We look forward to a great year ahead.” - Clare Milford Haven, Founder of James’ Place

World Suicide Prevention Day
10 September 2019

On World Suicide Prevention Day, we are reflecting on James’ Place Liverpool’s first full year of operation, having provided a safe, therapeutic intervention to over 150 men in suicidal crisis to date. Following the latest Office for National Statistics suicide data, it is deeply concerning to see the rise in suicides in the UK, and that the rise in the male suicide rate persists. However, we are cautiously encouraged by data from Merseyside and Cheshire that suggests there is a reduction in the male suicide rate locally.

When James’ Place Charity began looking for a home for the first James’ Place, one of the reasons Liverpool was chosen was because of the clearly innovative approach to suicide prevention that was a product of the expertise and commitment of the mental health community in Merseyside.

Our wish now is to open more James’ Places across the country, making our unique service available to more men in suicidal crisis.

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