UWP Senator Monelle Williams advises citizens overwhelmed with stress to seek urgent medical attention
In the aftermath of the death of 58-yr-old Freddie Riviere, a French national who resided at Belles, UWP Senator Monelle Williams advises citizens overwhelmed with stress to seek medical attention. Riviere was discovered hanging by his neck from a wooden cross beam in the restaurant area of a business place called ‘Liberty Jungle’ at about 11 am on August 11, 2016.
Police are reportedly investigating what they have described as a suspected arson/suicide. Monelle said, “I must comment briefly on the speculated / suspected suicide, as the incident has been characterized. It is my hope that all citizens who may feel overwhelmed and unable to deal with stressful situations alone, will seek the assistance that is available at the Acute Psychiatric Unit (APU). One’s mental health is as important as one’s physical health, and it is imperative that as a society, we remove the stigma that is attached to those persons, who seek to either improve or rectify their mental health statuses.”
Williams notes that in a community, everyone must be watchful and vigilant in an effort to identify and help those who may be in need of “our assistance, encouragement and love. Incidents of domestic disputes and strange behaviours should be reported to our health and law personnel, who should be trained in dealing with these issues locally, before they escalate into violence to self, property and others. Let us continue to be patriotic Dominicans as we respond to the line in our national Anthem; “All for each and each for all”.
She extended condolences to the family and friends of Riviere. She said “In view of the ongoing investigations into the death of Freddie Riviere I am unable to say much, however, I take the opportunity to extend my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and the community of Belles”.
Williams added that tragedy of any kind scars families, communities and societies in one way or another. “We are saddened that a life was lost and property was destroyed in the unfortunate incident that transpired yesterday. There is no way to prevent death as it is a natural part of life, but as a community, we aim to mitigate tragedy by taking all of the necessary steps that we can, to prevent them”. Williams urged the community to assist the police with their investigations, although details remain sketchy, and all the questions have not yet been answered.
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