Admitted to hospital for depression – two weeks later Jonathan Malia was dead


Jonathan Malia
Jonathan Malia

originally by: The Independent  
published: 19 February 2013

The family of a 24-year-old man who died days after being sectioned have demanded information about his final hours – amid growing concern about the number of black men dying in custody.

Jonathan Andel Malia, an otherwise-healthy father-of-one from Bartley Green, Birmingham, voluntarily attended hospital on 4 January after struggling with depression. He was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and transferred to two further hospitals before suddenly collapsing two weeks later at the Cygnet Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Initial reports from the coroner suggest he died from a “massive pulmonary embolism” on 17 January. But his family say they want to know exact details of his drug treatment and whether any restraining techniques were used in the run-up to his death.

Their calls come at a time of increasing concern about how black and ethnic minority patients suffering from mental-health issues are treated by the authorities, following a string of deaths in police custody and hospitals.

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