Mia St. John lost not only her son, Julian, who died in 2014 but also her ex-husband, Julian’s father, Kristoff St. John, beloved as Neil on The Young and the Restless, who died just over a year ago. Now, she’s speaking out in an effort to help others.
Mia St. John Opens Up
Mia is appearing on The Doctors Tuesday, speaking to the show’s hosts on the topic of mental health. She talks about how the failures of the mental health treatment led to Julian’s suicide, and how that tragedy led to the death of Kristoff, who died of heart failure.
“There were so many errors, from having plastic bags in the suicide unit … not doing the mandatory checks … my son was on a powerful antipsychotic, which toxicology came back and there was no antipsychotic in his system,” Mia says.
Asked if she thinks that Julian’s death led to Kristoff’s passing, Mia responds. “I don’t think, I know. We were both terribly depressed and feeling suicidal… his was so much deeper… Kristoff didn’t really understand mental illness.”
Kristoff played the role of Neil Winters on YR from 1991 to 2019. He won two Daytime Emmys for his work on the show. His first came in 1992 in the category of Younger Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. His next came in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, which was awarded to him in 2008. St. John received a total of 11 Daytime Emmy nominations.
His last came in 2017 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The first two noms were for his role as Adam Marshall on the short-lived NBC soap Generations in the category of Outstanding Younger Leading Actor.
Kristoff began his career as a child actor, appearing on such series as Happy Days, The Bad News Bears, and Roots: The Next Generation. Check local listings for airtimes and channels for The Doctors.