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Friday, 13 January 2012

"Are Jersey Keeping True Suicide Figures A Secret???"

Two islanders' suicides at difficult time of year

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January can be a bleak month for many people and tragically it is a time of year when suicide rates rise.

In the first few days of 2012, two Islanders took their own lives. The inquests were opened today. They were both Jersey-born men who committed suicide by hanging themselves.

Jersey has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. It is usually unmarried men who choose to take their own lives.

On average 13 people a year commit suicide in Jersey, although in 2009 the number reached 25 and in 2010 it was 8.

Many do talk to their GP about depression in the 12 months leading up to their death. But only a fraction go on to use the mental health service.

The Jersey's Heath Department is working on a five-year plan to improve their support services - to make sure vulnerable men with depression get help before it is too late.

If you are suffering from depression and need to talk to someone, get in touch with either your local GP, the Mental Health Department 01534 443220, Mind Jersey 0800 7359404, The Samaritans 08457 909090.

Or if you are a family member or friend bereaved by suicide, contact Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) on 0800 7351017.

18 comments:

  1. Rico you are so focused, which is not a criticism but when Ian Evans has posted a blog about suicide you should read the heading before posting

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  2. What does it matter what the post is about?

    All that matters is that Rico's message gets out, NOTHING ELSE!

    Jeeeeez....

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  3. Commentor 2 is a numpty

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  4. How very sad and tragic.

    I know you have posted on suicides in Jersey previously Ian I am sure someone mention a report being undertaken by a Southampton univercity student if I recall correctly, into Jersey's suicide rate.

    I have searched on internet and never been able to find it.

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  5. Maybe they were paid off, the jersey way ???

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  6. And, as for "commentor 2" it matters not. What matters is the fact that the sheeple are being educated, whether they choose to listen or not is their own lookout !!! :)

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  7. Amazingly, on CTV News, the other night, it mentioned that Jersey has one of the hightest rates of suicide in the world, There has got to be an inquiry as to the reason why this is so in one of the wealthiest places to live.
    There has been two suicides so far before the middle of January, disgusting...!!!!

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  8. All the victims of abuse in jersey over the decades just do the math..

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  9. I have invited Scrutiny to look at suicide and related issues but it was just rejected again (for the second time). Yet this same week we had the Minister for Health rejecting the idea that assisted suicide might be legalised in Jersey - following the publication of a UK report that favoured this for some terminally ill people.
    Our Health Minister cited her personal experiences (as a nurse) who had cared for her terminally ill husband - which is of course entirely valid but it seems unfair that she can speak without any general consultation on this whole issue having taken place locally.

    From those who harm themselves to those who are unbearably hurt in life, there is a huge margin of differences. The debate should take place ASAP.

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    1. Couldn't agree more Tom, and I know you have a rather deep association with this subject, thanks for your valued comment.

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  10. hmmmmmm this makes me very suspicious as to why all of a sudden channel tv have suddenly decided to report on this.i my self have lost 2 friends,who had mental health issues,to suicide.its totally heartbreaking to think that these people had to take there own lives,as they must of felt there was no other way out.the shocking state of the mental health services in jersey is at an all time low,with major cutbacks effecting everyone concerned.a few years ago they started to discharge a lot of people from the phyciatric outpatients and pushed them on to there own gps,and now because of this they have now cut back the number of trained phyciatrists.pushing people from there on to there own gps just don't seem right to me as its shoving some ones problems from one place to another.they are also going to close the phyciatric outpatients in the main hospital,as thats how much they have reduced there case loads by,but there are still cpns(community phyciatric nurses)in action.depression is one awful illness and a lot of people dont seek help as it has a certain stigma attached to it.education for the masses is the way foward,but education will only work if people will listen.and rymac you are totally right there does need to be an inquiry into why so many people take there own lives on jersey.and as for the real numbers of people committing suicide on jersey being disclosed, well i dont think any of us will ever know the real number as sometimes as when some one takes there own life its never even in the paper or on the news.2 people have already taken there own lives this year,thats just a shameful statistic really.when are the people who run this island and give the money out to fund states departments going to realise that suicides here go on and on year in year out and that keeping people from the help they so badly need,this will just keep going on.my deepest sympathies go to both familys who have lost loved ones already this year.

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    1. Thanks anon, and I know who you are. Will look forward to your further postings.

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  11. I think doctors have been told to look after people now instead of refering them to the hospital to keep numbers down at clinics, at losing my job at 58 and never been out of work in my life i have been to several interviews which i find i am not confident siting in front of three or four human resources staff.Went to doctor because i felt low and useless and told to go back in a week after taking antidepressants i have been back four times in a month i can not afford £37 every time on job seekers allowance i stay at home now and dont go out much all these doctors must be making a fortune.

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  12. Being a ex carer i went to a patient who i was warned he could be violent so two of us went on cleaning we found in a bedroom draw
    four very long knives we informed our supperviser who replyed if he goes near them then leave the police can not do anything unless he threatens someone we found out he came under care in the community because St Saviours was closing,we all refused to go.

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  13. what a sorry state of affairs, but i can imagine people getting in a state with lack of employment, personal matters and nobody seems to care about these poor souls. some people have nobody.

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  14. Unless suicidal people are delat with professionally and receive the correct treatment for their circumstances then I dont reckon anyone can come up with a concrete reason as to why suicide rates are so high. That goes for you, me, the government and the so called professionals and especially the GPs who probably know nothing compared to what they need to know when treating people for depression etc. I think the GPs are stuck between a rock and a hard place on this subject if the professionals are unavailable due to cutbacks.


    The only person who can explain why thy commit suicide is the person themself, by which time of course it is too late. My GP once said, about a family member who hung themself a long time ago that they didnt know so much about depression and how the mind works back then. I expect the answer now would be we just dont have the money. How sad.

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  15. The health service is a total disgrace over here went to visit a relative,she asked the nurse if she could have a cup of tea a while
    latter she retuned to say sorry but the hospital has run out of milk my reply was cut backs with a smille she said yes,some one must be on for a big bonus was the reply from all the patients on the ward.

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