Suicide prevention charity announces new Executive Director

James’ Place, the suicide prevention charity, has appointed Ellen O’Donoghue, formerly Head of Programmes at the Royal Foundation, as their new Executive Director. In 2018 James’ Place opened the UK’s first non-clinical centre for men experiencing suicidal crisis.

The appointment follows Ellen’s work on youth and communities programmes at the Royal Foundation, at the Movember Foundation, where she was Director of Health Promotion Programmes, and for Public Health England, where she headed up the strategy and planning team.

Clare Milford Haven and Nick Wentworth-Stanley founded the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund in 2008 after their twenty-one-year-old son, James, died by suicide ten days after a minor operation. James sought urgent help for anxiety and suicidal thoughts but didn’t find it.

Clare and Nick set up James’ Place to make the experience of finding help as easy as possible. James’ Place offers men who are experiencing a suicidal crisis a brief, intensive, therapeutic intervention in a safe environment. Men who walk through the door at James’ Place experiencing a suicidal crisis will be in a space where they feel valued and respected.

The first James’ Place centre based in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in June 2018 and offers Liverpool a specific suicidal crisis service they did not previously have. James’ Place Liverpool has to date supported more than 150 men experiencing suicidal crisis, delivering over 1,000 therapy sessions using an innovative and safe therapeutic intervention.

Clare Milford Haven said:

“I am delighted to welcome Ellen to her new role as Executive Director at James’ Place; Ellen has a unique understanding of the specific service that our charity offers.

“Ellen brings to us the expertise to give practical effect to our ambition of opening more James’ Place centres across the country, and the invaluable insight to help more men hear our message that it is OK not to be OK.”

Ellen said:

“I am deeply honoured to have the chance to work with Clare and the team at James’ Place, who are already doing such important work, I am hugely looking forward to working with my new colleagues, our partners and the wider sector to make sure that as many people as possible can access support when they need it most.”