Serious failings of mental health unit led to young man’s death

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The family of a young man who lost his life to suicide have said that a Suffolk mental health unit ‘failed him completely’.

Joshua Sahota, 25, was staying at a mental health unit in Bury St Edmunds when he took his own life. The inquest into his death found that insufficient staffing levels, including the absence of a psychologist at the unit, contributed to his death and that Mr Sahota was not observed closely enough, did not have adequate risk assessments and did not have a documented crisis plan. It was also discovered that a plastic bag that contributed to his death was on the restricted items list, however staff were unaware of this.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust runs the mental health unit and has stated that they have improved processes in the two years since Mr Sahota’s death.

Chantae Clark, paralegal in the medical negligence team at Ashtons Legal, comments: “It is upsetting to read today that our mental health services have failed yet another young man. This mental health unit owed a duty of care to this young man and it is clear to me that there were obvious failings in his mental health care. What is most hard hitting is that if it wasn’t for those failings, he might still be here today. It is a tragedy that we keep seeing such cases and it would seem that no one is listening and taking action to prevent such devastating consequences. My thoughts are with the family during this sad time.”

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