Keeping in line with mental health, often times when the signs and symptoms go unchecked it can lead to suicide. Ordinarily, our newsroom stays away from these types of stories but in this case, we feel the need to highlight the story as falls on the backdrop of mental health issues amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The lifeless body of a security guard was found inside the Princess Hotel and Casino just after eleven o’clock this morning. Video footage shows 22-year-old Earl Underwood, an employee of Technical Security Systems making his way to the bathroom several times. A few minutes before midday he went in and did not come out. His body was discovered by one of his colleagues with a single bullet wound to his head. Reports are that Underwood had several burdens to bear, as he was just evicted from his home yesterday and was recently arrested and charged for not wearing a mask. In addition, Love News understands from one of his colleagues that he had other financial burdens to bear. Almost an hour before the body of Underwood was discovered, Minister of Education, Patrick Faber spoke on the mental strain that the effects of COVID-19 are having and continues to have on persons and the importance of raising awareness to assist these persons.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture: “This is a very difficult time for all of our Belizeans especially when you’re locked up. A major part of of course feeling free and exercising your mind is of course being able to go out into the open and so when that is not possible, when you’re feeling some financial distress, when the kids are home and you’re not used to that kind of attention giving the burdens are great right now so it’s all the more reason why we should pay attention to what’s happening to our mental health and to be there for those who are surrounding us who may be experiencing such difficulties.”
Underwood is the second security guard to lose his life from Technical Security Systems for this year. In the first instance it was a case of murder on March 1; 33-year-old Shawn Vasquez was shot in Tai Kong store in Santa Elena, Cayo District whilst on duty.