Rambally proposes special response team for mentally ill

Medical Practitioner, Doctor Josiah Rambally, has  expressed the hope that in the future, there will be  a special team set up here to respond to reports of mentally ill persons who are acting up.

Rambally, who worked at the Mental Hospital here for many years, asserted that police officers are doing a “wonderful” job as far as they can.

“I have seen mentally ill persons injure police officers and they need to protect themselves,” he asserted.

However he noted that in many countries of the world there are specially trained people on a special team that responds around the clock to crisis situations involving the mentally ill.

“These people know how to handle the mentally challenged,” Rambally observed.

He explained that having such a team in place is the ideal.

“We are hoping that in the future the health authorities will consider specially trained people with their own vehicles to handle people who are mentally ill, because that is a big challenge and the way they can react no one can predict,” he stated.

Rambally commended the police, saying that they are doing the best they can in dealing with mentally challenged individuals.

Police have in the past been criticized for the use of deadly force in confrontations with mentally challenged persons.

However just recently Vieux Fort police were commended for heir restraint in dealing with a mentally challenged man who went on a rampage, injuring a police officer and others in the process.


  1. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Makes sense.

    But is the intent to implement on a community level? As much as St. Lucia is small, one second is too long to not respond to a berserk mentally ill person.

    1. Realist
      August 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Come on now. Not because they said “a team” that it will be one. Seeing the bigger wider picture could mean other than as stated. A start would be “a team, and a vehicle in a community”. This does not mean we’ll stop there.

      1. Anonymous
        August 24, 2016 at 2:58 pm

        I’m fully cognizant of that.

        But since your Zika brain couldn’t comprehend fully what I was saying, while the proposition is sound, has the scope/magnitude of this proposition been envisaged?

        Will the team(s) be set up a community/district/zone level to respond in a timely manner to incidents? Also, how will this be funded, in order to be effective island wide?

  2. Redz
    August 24, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Family needs to play a bigger roll. They wait to long before the persons begin to act up. When patients are discharged from thr mental wellness center they are sent home with pill and usually get an injection and out district persons have to follow up with the community for a 2 weekly or monthly injection. This keeps them stabalized. Even persons in the community can play a role. The moment the patient stops taking or refuses the treatment this should be reported. But family leave them months without the treatment and they begin to hallucinate and act on the things the voices tell them to do. If this is done there will be no need for anyone to be injured.

  3. 666
    August 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Bring in the dogcatchers lol…

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