​James Simpson (known as Jim) joined the Royal Navy on 16 Jan 2000. Starting his career as a Warfare Officer, he subsequently re-streamed as a Marine Engineer Submariner. Jim had an impressive career, attaining the rank of Captain in just over 18 years and was hugely respected by those who had the honour of working with him.

 

In 2020 Jim's family, friends and colleagues were left shocked and completely devastated when he tragically took his own life. The news of Jim's death sent shock waves through the entire submarine community with everyone left stunned and struggling to comprehend how this had happened to someone like Jim; someone who had shown no indication that his mental health was suffering and a man who excelled at everything in life, from his career to being a father and everything in-between.

 

The impact of Jim's death has been catastrophic and immeasurable, with the lives of his family being torn apart. It is too painful to imagine what Jim was going through and even more painful to know that he was unnecessarily going through it alone.

 

The fund HELP – Jim’s Story has been set up by Jim's family and friends who are driven to try and identify and support those who are suffering in silence. Our aim is to prevent another person suffering as Jim did and another family from having to deal with such devastation to their lives.

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Jim's Story' has been established as a separate fund under the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) umbrella. The aim of the fund is to educate, raise awareness and give people a deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that affect wellbeing; as well as provide people with the practical skills and knowledge needed to spot the triggers and signs of poor mental health and give people the confidence to step in and support someone where needed. 

Our first step on this journey has been to fund mental health awareness courses. These courses are provided by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England). By Christmas of 2021, we aim to have trained over one hundred people. That will one hundred more people with increased awareness and understanding of their and others mental health.   

Going forward HELP aims to train as many people as possible in mental health awareness and in the future to provide further and more in-depth training to create HELP ambassadors around the Royal Navy. HELP also aims to become involved in Mental health awareness week promoting mental health throughout all dockyards and naval establishments.

How can you support HELP Jim's Story :

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Footnote - The beautiful picture was painted by Jim - we would like to thank the family for kindly allowing our use of it.

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Jim's Story' has been established as a separate fund under the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) umbrella. The aim of the fund is to educate, raise awareness and give people a deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that affect wellbeing; as well as provide people with the practical skills and knowledge needed to spot the triggers and signs of poor mental health and give people the confidence to step in and support someone where needed. 

 

Our first step on this journey has been to fund mental health awareness courses. These courses are provided by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England). By Christmas of 2021, we aim to have trained over one hundred people. That will one hundred more people with increased awareness and understanding of their and others mental health.   

 

Going forward HELP aims to train as many people as possible in mental health awareness and in the future to provide further and more in-depth training to create HELP ambassadors around the Royal Navy. HELP also aims to become involved in Mental health awareness week promoting mental health throughout all dockyards and naval establishments.