Saskatchewan sets date for inquest into death of man who wanted mental-health help

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REGINA — Saskatchewan's Ministry of Justice has set a date for a public inquest into the death of a man who took his life after visiting a hospital twice in one day looking for help with his mental health.

Samuel Uko's body was found in Wascana Lake on the province's legislature grounds after he submerged himself into the water in May 2020.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority reviewed the 20-year-old's care at Regina General Hospital.

The authority found video footage that showed hospital security escorting Uko out of the building after his second visit while he pleaded for help.

Uko's family has said he was visiting from Abbotsford, B.C., and had expressed concerns about being sick.

The inquest is set for Sept. 20-24.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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