“He has been complaining about not getting work” – says relative of Bradley Nelson

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“He has been complaining about not getting work” – says relative of Bradley Nelson
Bradley Nelson
Bradley Nelson

Relatives and family of a young man, who died after falling into the sea in Castries on Tuesday, are still coming to terms with his death.

An uncle of 27-year-old Bradley Nelson told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) that Nelson was mentally ill but was a loving person.

In a brief interview, he said that Nelson had been frustrated from being unable to find a job for some time.

“For the past year or so he has been complaining about not getting work. He has been going about trying to help himself…” the uncle said.

He told SNO that he believes that the young man’s death could have been as a result of his recent frustrations.

“Every time he meeting me and asking me, uncle can you buy me a pant for me to look for work,” he added, while declining to label the death as a suicide.

Nelson was from Arundell Hill, Castries.  He lived with his mother who is reportedly distraught about her son’s death.

Three National Insurance Corporation employees attempted to save Nelson after he reportedly fell into the sea. He was said to have been fished out of the water alive but died shortly after.

Nelson’s death has also shocked persons who knew him. A reader told SNO that she remembers Nelson for “always dancing” in front the Sir John Compton statue at Constitution Park.

Nelson was also known for selling ice pops.

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  1. It is so sad that there was cry for help and no one tried to help. What the poor young man suffered with is called depression. The only help you get in saint lucia is people pointing and labeling you ad crazy So sad may your soul rest in peace

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  2. The goverment need too look out for da country, not only the mentally sick. But every one unemployment is on the rise,while they are living in luxury.some doing good while others catching hell. All politican do is know us every 4/5 years and then kick us until next election . May this young man rest in perfect peace, family members and friends be strongh god is with you all . War be on too politican when they dead dome of them god fo not want to see them.

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  3. Very sad. Poor fellow was crying out for help, but we, ST LUCIA, failed the poor chap.

    RIP young man.

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  4. Even if this guy had a mental problem, losing his job must have affected him deeply. This must have crushed him. There should be support areas in this country where people can go. If you have no money in this place 'your ass dark'. I used to see him working, very pleasant young man and when I next saw him in the boulevard, I was shocked. That is one of the areas constituency representatives should look into. Some people as not as strong willed as others and can breakdown very quickly and easily once something is taken from them. I sympathize with his family.

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  5. I really think that more has to be done about mental health here. They need to sensitize families on how to deal with family members who are mental. THERE IS TREATMENT for mental diseases. it may not be reversed but people can live normal lives if they comply to their medications and there is great family support

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  6. I remember you as being over 6' 3" in height and muscular...you were a formidable athlete (thrower)in your better days. RIP.

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  7. The elected are so hungry for power that they over promise and under deliver. When are they going to realize that the frustration for the unemployed is growing? They need to examine the social determinants of health, that's what killing people in this country. As we all know, even precarious work is better than being unemployed. To political leaders...GET BUSY

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  8. ST.LUCIA, IS NOT LIKE BEFORE THEY SHOULD DO MORE TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE, LIKE JOB'S SCHOOL'S ,SOME PLACE TO GO AFTER SCHOOL SOME THING TO DO, THERE IS ONE MORE THING WHY PEOPLE IN ST.LUCIA ARE VOTING FOR? ALL WHAT THEY IS FIGHT WITH ONE OTHER ,

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  9. Sigh, I'm only seeing this now, it's so sad to hear how this young man died, I've known him for about 2 years now, he use to work with elite and he lost his job. I saw him often, he would always shout me from across the road where ever he saw me. He always had a smile and he would say "my girl, give me a lol change let me buy something' I would give it to him because you could see he was trying and he was just going through a difficult time. After he lost his job, he just had a breakdown. Sigh I'm deeply saddened by this news. My heart feels so heavy right now. R.I.P.......God saw your struggles, he didn't want you to suffer anymore so he called you home. Sigh,sigh

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  10. Oh RIP. This guy, had a long conversation with me about "Employment in St. Lucia" by the square while I was waiting for my Driving Instructor this past December. I figured he was suffering from mental illness and everyone was looking at me like I shouldn't have been talking to him, someone even told him to leave me alone. He was saying how he was trying to get a job but no was hiring him. First question he asked me was" You working ?" and when I said "No", it was on to his aspirations. May he Rest In Peace. A lot needs to be done to help the mentally ill in St. Lucia. He had drive, he just needed a helping hand. So sad.

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  11. I am sorry. I am very sorry. Suicide or not I am sorry. RIP young man. Peace and comfort to your family and friends.

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  12. RIP Bradley;
    In shock! You always greeted me on the streets with a warm smile...May your family find solace in the Lord and may you rest in perfect peace.

    Good Bye kind stranger 🙂

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  13. I used to see him working with a security firm and he was assigned to Scotia Bank Rodney Bay. It's sad. It's frustration nationwide when young people especially can't find work. Just a sad situation.

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  14. I think this is the beginning of an emerging trend in the country. The jobless situation among the youth in particular is already a big problem. The government will have to study the problem carefully and put in place all necessary corrective measures. However the will to correct the problem is not yet there but hopefully it will begin to emerge.

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