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Mental Health Advocate Chaniel Imhoff is calling for an investigation into the untimely passing of 27-year-old Lateefa George, who reportedly died under care at the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital last week.
Her family is also seeking answers and are seeking legal advice.
In a press statement on Monday, Imhoff said Lateefa’s untimely passing has left a void not only in her family’s hearts but also in the hearts of the entire community, and her story “serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need for improvements in our mental health infrastructure.”
Imhoff said the passing of George is a tragic event that underscores the pressing need for a comprehensive review of our mental health care system.
She said it is essential that individuals grappling with mental health challenges receive the support, care, and treatment they require in an environment characterized by compassion, empathy, and nurturing.
Imhoff says clarity and transparency are essential to provide her family and the broader community with a comprehensive understanding of the events leading to this tragic loss.
“As we navigate these difficult times, it is our shared responsibility to approach the situation with the utmost compassion, empathy, and discretion. Lateefa’s family is grieving the loss of their only child, and they deserve our unwavering support as they navigate this painful journey,” she added.
Additionally, she said this tragedy should not overshadow Lateefa George’s memory.
“Instead, we should celebrate her life by working towards positive changes in our mental health care infrastructure, ensuring that others may receive the care and attention they need. Our thoughts and prayers are with the George family during this challenging period. They are not alone, and our community stands united in seeking answers, understanding, and ultimately, change” according to Imhoff.