The involuntary admittance of a person to a psychiatric facility for examination if there is reason to believe that the person has a mental illness is a provision made under the Mental Health Act of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prime Minister and Minister of Legal Affairs Dr. Ralph Gonsalves speaking on radio here on WEFM this morning on the issue of mental health said that such provision is granted in the Mental Health Act chapter 294 of the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which was implemented on December 27, 1989.

He said that in terms of admitting persons to the psychiatric hospital, the law makes a distinction between voluntary patients, medically recommended patients, and an admission to the hospital for a report base on an order made by a court.

Prime Minister Gonsalves remarks come in wake of the situation whereby Yugge Farrell, a 22-year-old resident of Lowmans Bay appeared before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court last Thursday January 4, 2018 charged with using abusive language to Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, the wife of Minister of Finance, Camillio Gonsalves.

The court ordered that the young fashion model be remanded for observation at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center.

Farrell who pleaded not guilty to the charge is due to return to the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on January 22, following the two weeks evaluation at the Mental Health facility.



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