A popular local comedian suffering from a mental illness has called for more focus to be placed on the mentally challenged.
Franklyn Moses, also a well known radio personality, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder some time ago. He said in a press conference recently that he believed that the government should step in to support the mentally challenged.
“What happens after? Do you just discard the person? I was fortunate because I have a spiritual upbringing… all walks of life would encourage me back but it was not easy. I hope that the government would put something in the budget where you have an office, you have a forum where you know if it’s a priest or pastor, a few people that will keep your secret …” he told the conference.
Moses went on to describe the effects his illness has had on him and how he was able to cope through the support of friends.
“Other friends in Dominica say something wrong with. You don’t know that something is wrong with you; as far as you’re concerned, you’re alright. And they brought me in quite reluctantly, and for a couple of weeks they treated me…. Had it not been for my spiritual upbringing, I had something else to hold unto, having come out of it the first year and a half I had the struggle fitting back in society again,” the comedian said.
“Why I’m here today? To say yes I’m Franklyn Moses. Everybody knows and I have been to the psychiatric unit. I’ve been there and I got the assistance that was necessary by Dr. Benjamin and his staff and I have not been there again because I listened to other people and him and I’ve learned to balance my life, because stress, one of the things that we have to do here is create hopefully, as part of my topic for today, increase the human resource capacity to improve quality care,” he said.