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The Medical Officer of Health for Trelawny, Dr Diahann Dale, says the parish is grappling with thousands of people with mental health challenges.
Her comments follow a brutal triple killing in Martha Brae in the parish, involving a mentally ill man on Saturday.
It’s reported that a woman and her five-year-old grandson were chopped to death by her own son, before he was shot dead by police officers who responded to the reports.
Residents of the community, also told the media that they’d previously reported attacks by the man, to the Police and the parish’s Mental Health team.
But the residents said they’d received the ‘run around’ from both.
Dr Dale says the Mental Health team had responded to reports of this man acting strangely before.
She says the Community Mental Health System works well in the parish, despite the challenges.
In the meantime, Dr Dale is calling on community members to be more supportive of people living with mental illness.
She says shortage of resources also hampers the team’s efforts.
Dr Dale says there are only four community health service nurses and 5 psychiatric nurse’s aide in the parish.
She says the team also needs more vehicles to respond faster to patients.
She says mentally ill people function normally once they consistently take their medication.
But the Medical Officer says patients’ use of drugs can negatively affect their recovery process.
Dr Diahann Dale, Medical Officer of Health for Trelawny, speaking yesterday with Nationwide News.
She says her team will examine and assess this case and make changes where necessary.
News Credit: Nation Wide Radio | Read here http://nationwideradiojm.com/trelawny-grapples-with-a-growing-mental-health-challenge/