"Involuntary Psychiatric Evaluations" allowed under law

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As the saga continues surrounding former 22year old model Yugge Farrell who was ordered to the Mental Health Centre for physiatric evaluation, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has spoken to the issue for the first time.

Gonsalves said on Tuesday that when 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.

Gonsalves who was speaking on the WEFM Shakeup program said, that the spontaneous admittance of an individual to a psychiatric facility for evaluation once there is a reason to deem that the individual has a mental illness is a provision made under the Mental Health Act of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

He said the laws which were applied on December 27, 1989, creates such provision under the Mental Health Act chapter 294.

Social Media and radio shows have been inundated with calls inquiring why the court would just order a person to the Mental Health Centre, for “abusive language”.

Farrell since being ordered by the courts for evaluation has recorded and posted some 20 videos on the social media platform Instagram, in which she has accused Finance Minister Camilo Gonsalves of destroying her emotionally, and stated that she serves both God and Satan.

Farrell was charged last Thursday, January 4, 2018, with using abusive language to Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, the wife of Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves.

Farrell who pleaded not guilty to the charge is expected back in Court on January 22, following her two-week observation at the Mental Health facility.


  1. No Disrespect to the PM but can a man who is not a Doctor in mental health, human behavior disoder,or social worker can deem you crazy or
    suffering mental illness.If the law is so general I can Deem all in Ulp leadership and Government need to go to the mental hospital in Villa .For not defining the law and should make recommendation on such issues on human behavior and confinement.
    I can also Deem that this Government mad because they refused to give account to the people of SVG on many things that is stated in the laws of SVG,and they need reevaluate at mental hospital. I Deem these men need to be redeem from what blocking them from not following the laws.

  2. are you kidding me, who are you trying to fool? How could you charged someone for calling another person “dirty bitch” and then court send them for psychiatric evaluation for doing so? What other action has this young lady took for court. I can’t believe this, and Vincentians you are really taking this bull**it? Today for Yugge, tomorrow could be your young daughter or son. When is injustice is going to stop in my country. This is beyond sickening man!!!

  3. This is the kind of thing that happens in Cuba and Venezuela, its a copycat of what they do to destroy someone who they deem a problem to someone in the dynasty.
    They may be sane when the go in, but insane when they come out.
    I do not believe for one moment the magistrate made this decision by himself.
    No wonder Saint Vincent is becoming known as Petite Cuba in the Caribbean and is called Pequena Cuba in Cuba itself.
    This communist stuff has gone to far, we want our country back.

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