‘YOU all need to unite – it didn’t save me but maybe it will save someone else’.
This is the heartbreaking final message of a young dad to his loving family minutes before he took his life.
Jordan Osborne hanged himself next to his home in Bedhampton Way, Leigh Park, after losing his long-term battle with mental health.
His tragic death has since sparked a campaign by his family, who are calling for improvements to mental health services nationally.
An inquest into the 23-year-old’s death heard he had been plagued by ‘voices’ since his late teens, which had escalated into ‘suicidal thoughts’.
And despite his family trying everything to help him over the years and Jordan being supported by various mental health services, he became overwhelmed, taking his own life in the early hours of May 29.
During Jordan’s inquest, at Portsmouth Coroner’s Court, Detective Sergeant Mark Edis read out the dad-of-one’s tragic last post on Facebook.
It said: ‘I hope everyone can learn to understand how bad my mental health is. It’s so hard to live with and sadly it took my life.
‘Be strong for each other and don’t be afraid to tell someone you’re suffering. You all need to unite. It didn’t save me but maybe it will save someone else.
‘I love you all. I love Leigh Park. Stay strong for me and I will always look down on you. PS I can be found near home #StayStrong.’
His plea to help others has since rallied his family members to campaign for improved mental health services for young adults.
Speaking after the inquest, Jordan’s dad, Wayne, said national reform was desperately needed to give families a greater involvement in the care for their loved ones.
He vowed his family would do what it could to help and added: ‘Mental health services are stretched, something is always going to give – sadly that’s young lives.’
The inquest heard on the day before Jordan’s death he had been among the scores of mourners at a memorial service honouring Georgia Jones, 18, who died at Mutiny Festival.on May 26.
Jordan was an acquaintance of Ms Jones and was there with the rest of the community to support her family, the inquest heard.
Later that night the former Warblington School pupil started drinking vodka, working his way through ‘most of a bottle’, before writing his farewell message on Facebook.
The worrying post was seen by friends and family on Facebook, sparking a frantic search in the early hours of May 29.
Det Sgt Edis said Jordan’s body was found by family, along with 13 pieces of paper with goodbye notes on them in his house.
Police investigated the incident and concluded ‘no third party’ was involved and that there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’, Det Sgt Edis told the court.
The inquest heard Jordan had been hearing voices in his head since for eight years and that he used to wear headphones and play music to ‘drown them all out’, his dad Wayne said.
‘The noise in his head was just ridiculous,’ Mr Osborne added, telling the court he took his son to work with him to ‘keep a closer eye’ on him.
Troubled Jordan had also previously tried to take his own life months earlier and had talked ‘a lot about suicide’, Mr Osborne told the court
Pathologist Dr Adnan Al-Badri conducted a post-mortem examination of Jordan and found the 23-year-old – who has a 14-month-old son – had a number of prescribed drugs in his system, all at ‘therapeutic levels’.
His report, read out by coroner David Horsley, also showed Jordan had 189 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood – more than twice the drink-drive limit.
Mr Horsley concluded Jordan had taken his own life while suffering with ‘long-term, severe mental health problems’.
He added: ‘This is such a sad waste of a young life, someone who was quite clearly loved and admired by a lot of people. I’m so sorry he is gone.’