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Sunday, 30 September 2012

"Yet Another Sad Suicide In Jersey"

Does It Need To Be This Way?
A Problem We All Need To Address

My thanks to Peter's family, and his girlfriend Michele, for kindly allowing the use of this picture in my posting, and their pressing message for others to seek help if troubled, as Peter clearly was.

Please find at the foot of the posting, links and phone numbers for anyone suffering from any mental health issues here in Jersey or Guernsey.

Peter Anthony Jordan R.I.P

Our reporter, Leah Ferguson, looks at the impact of mental illness on islanders in a three-part series.One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives and local charity Mind Jersey is taking action to support people who are suffering.Leah's first report looks at depression:

Our reporter, Leah Ferguson met one Islander who suffered a bout of severe depression. She wants to remain anonymous though, ashamed by the stigma that still surrounds mental health.

The islander Leah spoke to had no history of depression, until two years ago she suffered a breakdown. Health worries, family problems and a stressful job in Finance all contributed. She felt she had nowhere and no one to turn to, and the only way out was to end her life.

Leah's second report looks at the impact on carers, who look after those with mental issues:

Filomena became her sister's carer when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She explains how hard it's been for her to watch a loved one suffer.

In the last of our series Leah Ferguson finds out how to combat depression. 75,000 prescriptions for anti-depressants are given out in Jersey each year. 

If you are worried about your mental health you can call Mind-Jersey on 0800 7359404, email them at, or visit their webiste

For Guernsey-Mind, call them on 01481 722959, email them at, or visit their website

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.


  1. People need to be educated and help needs to be readily available. It seems to inaccessible at the moment. Education in the work place in important too. The quicker you educate people about the signs/symptoms etc., the quicker we can help those in desperate need. Not enough information is out there and easily available.

  2. Ian.

    Jersey has one of, if not THE, highest suicide rate in Europe and that's going by the "official" statistics. If the true statistics were ever to come to light then Jersey would probably be a world leader.

    Thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Jordan and all those suffering with depression, or any mental health problems on this island.

    Guest Posting from JCLA Chair and Abuse Survivor CARRIE MODRAL

  3. And St. Saviours Hospital is now empty awaiting development. Is this a step forward or a reduction in services yet again ?

  4. Peter was an old friend of mine from his time in Bracknell. I found out what happened to him via this website. I had no idea he had problems. I was devastated to hear what happened to him. He has been in my thoughts ever since. Condolences to his family and friends.