Charming, funny, good looking, confident, popular, athletic, intelligent... James was all of the above and so much more, he really had it all. He was in his second year at Newcastle University, 21 years old, and full of life.
James had a minor operation to correct a varicocele - an abnormal enlargement of the veins draining one of his testicles. He was informed by the surgeon that the operation had been a 100% success and that he needed to let the ‘old man’ rest for a few days. Despite this, he became increasingly anxious that his operation had been the one-in-a-million case of failure.
Ten days later James was no longer with us. On 15th December 2006, at the age of 21, he made the most tragic and irreversible decision – to end his life.
James’ parents started the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund (JWSMF) to raise awareness of anxiety, depression and suicide amongst young people and to tackle the terrible and shocking statistic that suicide is the largest cause of death amongst young men in the UK. Every year, more than 5,000 people in the UK take their own lives – and 22 per cent of them are men aged between 16 and 24.
Over the past 9 years The JWSMF has done a great deal to combat these terrifying statistics and now they are extremely excited to be setting up the first pilot in a series of non-clinical crisis centres for those at high risk of suicide, to be known as "James’ Place". As you can imagine there are high running costs for each centre and the team is aiming to raise funds to cover the establishment and operating costs of at least one centre.
The boys will be rowing in memory of James and every single pound raised will go directly to the JWSMF.