05 December 2023
A reminder is being issued about the support that is on offer this week as the Island marks the first
anniversary of the sinking of L’Ecume II and the Haut du Mont explosion.
Psychological support is available for any Islander who feels they need it, as well as for bereaved
relatives living overseas.
Health checks have been offered to all those who responded to the incidents, displaced residents,
bereaved relatives and those living within 200 metres of Haut du Mont.
These services will continue into 2024 as well as long-term monitoring, to understand better the
impact of these tragic events and identify any other services that are required.
Rachel Williams, who leads the co-ordination of health and wellbeing following major incidents,
said: “Many Islanders felt the effects of these incidents, particularly those who were displaced from
their homes or lost loved ones. Those who responded to the incidents may also continue to be
impacted, and the incidents may have triggered past memories of trauma, loss or bereavement for
some Islanders too. We know that the effects can continue for many years – whether mourning the
loss of a loved one or recovering from losing our home and/or possessions, which give us our
sense of ‘self’. And the collective grief cannot be underestimated, in our small and close
“If you feel that you need some additional support at this difficult time, please do reach out; we can
help with advice, guidance, signposting to services, and we can also arrange specialist support for
those who need it.”
How to access major incident psychological support
If you feel you may need support with your feelings about the major incidents last year, please
Add 'Major Incident' in the subject header
or call +44 (0)1534 445002
If urgent or crisis, call the Adult Mental Health Crisis Team (01534 445290)
Children, young people, and families can contact the Children and Families Hub: 01534 519000.
Free and confidential health checks are also available for those who responded to the major
incidents last year. If you believe you are eligible but haven’t yet received an invitation, please
telephone 01534 443880 or email: Healthchecks@health.gov.je