Last November, The Young and the Restless actor Kristoff St. John and his ex-wife Mia were faced with unspeakable tragedy after their son Julian took his life.
Now, St. John and Mia have filed a lawsuit in which they claim that the mental health facility where Julian was staying at the time of his death was “widespread and pervasive” in their negligence, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Speaking during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, St. John tearfully opened up about the call he received that informed him that his son had died, which he described as the “worst call I had ever gotten in my life.”
He continued, “It’s every parent’s nightmare. When I heard her screaming he had died, I knew.”
In the wrongful death lawsuit, St. John details why he believes the staff at his son’s facility, the La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility in Long Beach, California, was negligent. He also claims that there is evidence of nurses falsifying documents to cover up the alleged neglect.
“There was a point in Julian’s history, in the last three years, where he got worse and worse and so Mia and I were desperate to locate a facility to put him in,” St. John said of his son’s mental health. Julian had been suffering from schizophrenia.
“He attempted suicide two and a half weeks prior to when he actually completed it,” Mia added, “and he was supposed to be on suicide watch.”
St. John also told the site that the aim of his lawsuit is to highlight the nationwide problems with mental health hospitals.
“This lawsuit is to shed light on the inefficiency and the incompetency that happens in mental hospitals nationwide,” he said. “We have a bad health care system… People should never die in the hospital for lack of care.”
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“My son died because there are millions of people suffering from the mental disabilities of schizophrenia, bipolar and being depressed,” he said. “And so at the end of the day, his life will not be in vain. His life will be vindicated, and I will campaign until the day that I die to bring justice to my son.”
If you suspect someone might be considering suicide, or you have struggled with those thoughts yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).