Southampton residents urged not to approach Jason Merriman

Warning not to approach missing man

Warning not to approach missing man

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PEOPLE in Southampton have been warned not to approach a man who has been missing for two days.

Police believe that Jason Merriman may have links to Southampton and could be behaving irrational due to his mental health problems.

The 43-year-old was last seen on Friday lunch time as he left The Oaklands Centre for Acute Care in Chichester on unescorted leave.

He was due back the same afternoon but has so far failed to return.

He is described as white, 6ft 2ins, of broad build with short brown hair, and was last seen wearing a dark blue long sleeved sweatshirt, green camouflage trousers and black training shoes with white socks.

Inspector Robert Moore said: “Jason's behaviour may be erratic and irrational due to his mental condition.”

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police via 999 or the non-emergency contact number 101, quoting serial 1056 of 11/04.

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2:15pm Sun 13 Apr 14

eurogordi says...

If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?
If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave? eurogordi
  • Score: 27

3:25pm Sun 13 Apr 14

TurquoiseJ says...

eurogordi wrote:
If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?
The article suggests that Mr Merriman is a resident in a supported environment due to his mental ill health.
Unescorted leave with all the risk assessments is an important part of recovery, rehabilitation, preparing for moving out of supported living. It is safe.
However if the person does not return, they miss their medication and therapeutic support from staff. This leads the person to behave in an irrational way, so they are actually more of a risk to themselves.
Police have issued the warning not to approach, to reduce the risk to everyone.
I hope this person is quickly found and given support.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?[/p][/quote]The article suggests that Mr Merriman is a resident in a supported environment due to his mental ill health. Unescorted leave with all the risk assessments is an important part of recovery, rehabilitation, preparing for moving out of supported living. It is safe. However if the person does not return, they miss their medication and therapeutic support from staff. This leads the person to behave in an irrational way, so they are actually more of a risk to themselves. Police have issued the warning not to approach, to reduce the risk to everyone. I hope this person is quickly found and given support. TurquoiseJ
  • Score: 23

3:52pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Graeme Harrison says...

TurquoiseJ wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?
The article suggests that Mr Merriman is a resident in a supported environment due to his mental ill health.
Unescorted leave with all the risk assessments is an important part of recovery, rehabilitation, preparing for moving out of supported living. It is safe.
However if the person does not return, they miss their medication and therapeutic support from staff. This leads the person to behave in an irrational way, so they are actually more of a risk to themselves.
Police have issued the warning not to approach, to reduce the risk to everyone.
I hope this person is quickly found and given support.
"It is safe."

That may well depend on one's definition of 'safe.'
[quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?[/p][/quote]The article suggests that Mr Merriman is a resident in a supported environment due to his mental ill health. Unescorted leave with all the risk assessments is an important part of recovery, rehabilitation, preparing for moving out of supported living. It is safe. However if the person does not return, they miss their medication and therapeutic support from staff. This leads the person to behave in an irrational way, so they are actually more of a risk to themselves. Police have issued the warning not to approach, to reduce the risk to everyone. I hope this person is quickly found and given support.[/p][/quote]"It is safe." That may well depend on one's definition of 'safe.' Graeme Harrison
  • Score: -10

4:24pm Sun 13 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

TurquoiseJ wrote:
eurogordi wrote:
If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?
The article suggests that Mr Merriman is a resident in a supported environment due to his mental ill health.
Unescorted leave with all the risk assessments is an important part of recovery, rehabilitation, preparing for moving out of supported living. It is safe.
However if the person does not return, they miss their medication and therapeutic support from staff. This leads the person to behave in an irrational way, so they are actually more of a risk to themselves.
Police have issued the warning not to approach, to reduce the risk to everyone.
I hope this person is quickly found and given support.
I have to fully agree with you. Mental Health is very much mis-understood. Medication is given to make a person a bit more stable if they fail to take that medication then they are a risk to not only themselves but to others.

Hope he's found soon and gets the help he needs.
[quote][p][bold]TurquoiseJ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: If Mr Merriman is safe enough to have unescorted leave then the risk to others is presumably minimal. If this risk is as great as the Police are claiming, why was Mr Merriman granted unescorted leave?[/p][/quote]The article suggests that Mr Merriman is a resident in a supported environment due to his mental ill health. Unescorted leave with all the risk assessments is an important part of recovery, rehabilitation, preparing for moving out of supported living. It is safe. However if the person does not return, they miss their medication and therapeutic support from staff. This leads the person to behave in an irrational way, so they are actually more of a risk to themselves. Police have issued the warning not to approach, to reduce the risk to everyone. I hope this person is quickly found and given support.[/p][/quote]I have to fully agree with you. Mental Health is very much mis-understood. Medication is given to make a person a bit more stable if they fail to take that medication then they are a risk to not only themselves but to others. Hope he's found soon and gets the help he needs. IronLady2010
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Reality-man says...

Thank god the police have warned me not to approach a 6 foot 2 bloke who is missing from a mental unit. I was planning on bringing him back to my house if I bumped into him
Thank god the police have warned me not to approach a 6 foot 2 bloke who is missing from a mental unit. I was planning on bringing him back to my house if I bumped into him Reality-man
  • Score: -15

8:12pm Sun 13 Apr 14

mrs pepperpot says...

Great, another Nut Job let loose on our streets!
Great, another Nut Job let loose on our streets! mrs pepperpot
  • Score: -22

8:13pm Sun 13 Apr 14

mrs pepperpot says...

Great, another Nut Job let loose to roam our streets!
Great, another Nut Job let loose to roam our streets! mrs pepperpot
  • Score: -23

7:30am Mon 14 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

mrs pepperpot wrote:
Great, another Nut Job let loose to roam our streets!
You'll be perfectly safe, curled up at home passing judgement on the internet.
[quote][p][bold]mrs pepperpot[/bold] wrote: Great, another Nut Job let loose to roam our streets![/p][/quote]You'll be perfectly safe, curled up at home passing judgement on the internet. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 8

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