‘Terrified’ N.S. couple requires higher psychological well being help after stranger walks into house – Halifax

A Nova Scotia couple says a girl sporting a hospital robe walked into their Halifax house on Monday, leaving them traumatized. However now they really feel guilt — and anger on the province’s method to psychological well being.

Emmett Paul got here house from a physician’s appointment simply earlier than 5 p.m. on Monday. He says he walked into his Robie Road condominium to discover a girl he didn’t acknowledge standing in his doorway.

“She appeared very confused. She didn’t actually say something till I spoke to her once more. So in my confusion, I simply mentioned, ‘Good day?’” Paul mentioned.

“She checked out me and she or he mentioned, ‘I’m thirsty.’ And he or she spoke actually quietly, sort of like a whisper.”

Paul was holding a espresso in his hand on the time and provided it to her if she stepped out of the condominium.

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“She sort of regarded round and she or he went, ‘No, it’s chilly,’ and she or he began to shut the door,” he mentioned. His associate Erik Saulnier was house on the time.

“At this level, I didn’t know if (my associate) Erik was OK. I didn’t know what was occurring.”

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He then informed the girl he would go get her one thing heat, and after she closed the door on him, he known as 911.

“I didn’t know if she was violent,” Paul mentioned, including that he broke down in tears whereas calling for assist.

“I completely had the second the place I believed my boyfriend’s lifeless.”

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Whereas on the cellphone with 911, Paul was informed that his associate had additionally known as, and was barricaded within the bed room.

Saulnier had described the incident because the longest 5 minutes of his life.

He was napping when he woke as much as his associate’s distressed voice from exterior of the room.

“I come out of the bed room to the hallway and anticipating to see him, and it’s not his shadow,” Saulnier mentioned.

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Saulnier then nervous for the protection of their three cats, solely certainly one of which was within the room with him. As he opened the bed room door to get the others in, he watched the stranger in his house. He mentioned she was sporting a cardigan and socks, no footwear. He later came upon she was sporting a hospital robe beneath the cardigan.

“(She) took a few steps and really washed her toes in our cats’ water dish. Not making any sense, actually … I couldn’t register what she was saying to me,” he mentioned.

Girl was identified to police

When police arrived on the condominium, Saulnier was shocked to see the officers’ response.

“The primary officer walked in and goes, ‘Oh, you once more,’ like, ‘Get out of right here.’”

As she was being arrested, the couple mentioned she was sporting Paul’s headphones on her ears. They agreed it appeared she thought they had been earmuffs and “needed to get heat.” Paul mentioned when he requested police for the headphones, an officer “yanked them off her head.”

Saulnier and Paul mentioned the officers knowledgeable them they had been the eighth name to police in two days about the identical girl.

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“They mentioned that she frequents the hospital and that they gained’t do something for her. So she finally ends up leaving and roaming the neighbourhood,” Saulnier mentioned.

Saulnier requested police what they might do that may get the girl the assistance she wants, as a restraining order wouldn’t work. He mentioned an officer went on a short cellphone name and returned to allow them to know the girl was charged with breaking and coming into.

“So apparently the one approach to get psychological well being (assist) is thru a cost.”

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Halifax Regional Police was not obtainable for an interview however confirmed to International Information {that a} 47-year-old girl was arrested and charged that day.

“Officers take measures based mostly on the particular components of the state of affairs to safe the protection of the concerned people in addition to the general public. Such incidents might entail an built-in response from a number of first responder companions, psychological well being, and healthcare specialists,” learn an electronic mail assertion, partly.

“Whereas police are a part of the psychological well being helps in our group, our group companions are in the end the subject material specialists, and our focus is on public security.”

Saulnier and Paul weren’t happy with the best way officers responded.

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“They appeared very comfy in how they had been treating her, which was not how I might have. It appeared very aggressive to me, actually,” Paul mentioned.

“I really feel actually unhealthy about how she was handled, about how they dealt with the state of affairs.”

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Nova Scotia Well being mentioned in an electronic mail that it gained’t touch upon particular person affected person care, however confirmed there have been no sufferers lacking from the QEII Well being Sciences Centre on Monday.

Saulnier took to Fb to recount what occurred to him and Paul, and to name on authorities officers to reply to the flawed psychological well being system that left the girl alone on the road within the first place.

“I simply need her to get assist. I don’t need her to fall by way of the system once more,” Saulnier mentioned.

“Is that this how we assist Nova Scotians with their psychological well being? Is that this the value that we have now to pay to have the ability to get someone to that assist? We now have to pay for the police. to undergo the court docket system, to get to psychological well being?”

The submit was shared greater than 2,300 instances, and tons of of feedback tagged municipal, provincial and federal politicians. Saulnier mentioned not one has responded.

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“It reveals that folks care about this concern, however none of our elected officers do.”

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Each Paul and Saulnier mentioned they really feel responsible about what occurred to the girl.

“Looking back, I do really feel unhealthy for the best way I reacted as a result of … she wasn’t a hazard,” Saulnier mentioned. “The extra I give it some thought and the extra I see it, the extra disgusted I’m by it.”

Paul questioned what different choices they’d.

“What might I’ve performed higher? What might I’ve performed that may have helped her relatively than gotten her charged?” he mentioned. “It’s heartbreaking.”

— with recordsdata from Amber Fryday.

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