15 December 2013
A helpline has been set up to support young people trying to come to terms with the death of 16-year-old Max Blandin.
Staff from the Jersey Youth Service and Children's Service have been working together to support those affected by Max's death and have been available throughout the night on Saturday and during Sunday. Friends who feel they need someone to talk to can call the dedicated telephone line 24 hours a day. The helpline number is 610681. The Jersey Youth Service can be contacted on 766628 or Freephone 0800 735 0121.
Max was reported missing to police on Thursday evening. Sadly his death was confirmed yesterday (Saturday). Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death but are not treating it as suspicious.
Managing Director of Community and Social Services, Richard Jouault said "First of all I would like to offer our sincere condolences to Max's family and friends. This is an incredibly sad time for lots of people and we, and many other partner agencies, are doing all we can to support and help them."
Jersey Youth Service have been out during yesterday afternoon in various locations throughout St Helier supporting young people, many of whom knew Max, as well as opening up La Motte St Youth Centre.
Mark Capern, Principal Youth Officer, said: "I would like to thank all the young people who came out to support each other yesterday. We spoke to many young people – they were understandably upset, but have provided fantastic support to one another. We opened our La Motte Street Youth Centre especially last night so that Max's friends had a place to meet, providing tea, toast and a space to talk with staff. This was well attended and the Youth Centre will be open again on Monday and in the week ahead.”