LETTER: Don’t judge a book by its cover

This is a comment from the brother of Alexis Grenier, who made the news recently when he left the mental health facility in Trail.

Re: “Escaped patient found in Nelson

Firstly, I want to thank the Nelson Star for giving me the opportunity to clarify my brother Alexis’ situation.

Alexis went by himself to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling good. He said he had hallucinations and was feeling sick. Then, he was transferred to the psychiatric area by the hospital’s authorities.

During the night, he started to feel better after having a good meal and a few hours of sleep. So, he decided to leave by himself without warning the hospital’s staff.

It’s the first time he went to the hospital for mental illness. Therefore, he didn’t knew the real consequences of his action.

My brother is a yoga teacher who finished his high school one year in advance. He’s also learning Ayurveda and herb medicines. He is a peaceful guy who passed a lot of time in nature and writing songs. Do you think he’s a dangerous person?

He has since been released from hospital and is not a threat to himself or others. I hope situations like this one can serve as a lesson for further mental illness cases. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Samuel Grenier

Saint-Georges de Beauce, Québec