James Wentworth-Stanley took his own life,
aged 21, on December 15th 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 neither a heavy drinker nor a drug user. Ten days following a minor operation, James' decline from being his normal, happy self to being anxious, depressed and ultimately suicidal was so rapid that those close to him were unable to appreciate the severity of what was happening.
JWSMF was set up by James's parents to help raise awareness of suicide amongst young people and to tackle the shocking statistic that suicide is the largest cause of death amongst young men in the UK. This year JWSMF are setting up non-clinical crisis centres, "James's Place", for those in emotional distress with suicidal thoughts. Research shows that the availability of a safe and calm environment is highly beneficial in helping those at risk from suicide or self-harm and is something that currently does not exist in England.
The Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour
A Surrey based charity HASTE was founded in 2003 to help prevent and treat heart disease and stroke. Its first project was the construction of a specialised cardiovascular wing attached to the Royal Surrey County Hospital to provide the accommodation for the achievement of its aims.
The Wing was built by the charity, HASTE, and handed over to the NHS in April 2005. It contains a state of the art MRI scanner for imaging the brain, heart and arteries. Much more importantly, the scheme brings together the teams and network required to combat heart disease and stroke by facilitating ‘one stop’ clinics for people experiencing warning symptoms such as angina. High-risk cases are fast-tracked through the system to have appropriate investigation and treatment. With early triage and assessment by the hospital team comprising of doctors, nurses, technicians, and radiographers, many heart attacks and stroke can be prevented.