An Indonesian maid was seen balancing precariously outside the window ledge of the eighth floor at Blk 557 Chua Chu Kang North 6. In a video and some pictures uploaded by Jessika Putry, she is seen to be grasping the sides of the ledge, her feet barely fitting on the wall ridge.
This incident which occured at 3.30pm, on July 21, was supposedly a suicide attempt. The video shows a group of SCDF officers on the ground, along with an airbag in the midst of being deployed.
According to Mothership, this is SCDF’s statement on the incident:
“SCDF was alerted to a rescue incident at an eight floor unit at 557 CCK North 6 at about 3.05pm on 21 July. Upon arrival, SCDF deployed a safety life air packet in front of the block as a precautionary safety measure. A team of rappellers from the SCDF’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team was also deployed along with a rescue net to pull the woman to safety. The woman was assessed to have suffered minor injuries and was not conveyed to the hospital.”
A survey conducted by the Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) in 2015 of roughly 700 foreign domestic workers discovered that 24% of them suffer from poor mental health. The severity ranges from depression to psychosis.
The article informs employers of the importance to be aware of mental health issues, by observing if their domestic helpers have “emotional outbursts, feelings of depression or unhappiness, quietness or withdrawal”.
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