“Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help”: Years After Long-Drawn Battle With Addiction, Mia St. John Pens Motivating Message for Fans

Published 12/18/2023, 5:39 PM EST

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In a world where celebrities often mask their struggles, Mia St. John chooses raw honesty. Known for her formidable presence, both in and out of the ring, she’s no stranger to life’s knockouts. Yet, it’s not her victories in the ring that echo the loudest. Mia, a figure carved from battles beyond the ropes, turned heads with a different kind of fight.

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Imagine a champion, not just of sports, but of life’s darker arenas. Her latest revelation, far from the glitz of celebrity news, touches a nerve seldom exposed. What did she write?

Mia advocates for professional support in recovery

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Mia St. John, once primarily known for her prowess in the boxing ring, has bravely opened up about a more personal and challenging fight – her battle with addiction. Her struggle, hidden from the limelight, tells a story of resilience and determination. She took to Twitter, sharing her experience in a way that resonates with many. “Alcohol destroyed my #mentalhealth. It caused depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. With sobriety and a great psychiatrist, I made my way back🙏🏼Don’t be afraid to ask for help from a professional if you need it. You may need more than just abstinence,” she tweeted.

This candid confession marks a significant shift in how public figures address personal struggles. Furthermore, it highlights the often-overlooked intersection of addiction and mental health. Mia’s transparency not only breaks barriers but also paves the way for open conversations about these critical issues.

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This is not the first time she has talked about mental health. Not long ago she opened up about her own experiences.

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Mia St. John reflects on her daughter’s mental health journey

In an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports, Mia St. John opened up about the stark differences in mental health care across states, drawing from her daughter’s experience. “California sucks for mental health care,” she stated, contrasting her home state’s shortcomings with Idaho’s effective approach.

St. John expressed her gratitude towards Idaho, saying, “It’s crazy ‘cause Idaho is a republican state… So Idaho is the last place I thought would care for my child. Ironically, it turned out to be the best place.” This section explores Mia’s candid reflections on navigating mental health challenges and systemic inadequacies, highlighting her personal journey of advocacy and resilience amidst the grief of losing her son and ex-partner.

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How can we, as a society, work towards creating a more supportive and effective mental health care system? Mia’s story is not just a narrative of personal triumph, but a catalyst for broader discussions and actions towards mental health advocacy.

Watch this story: “One Day at a Time”: Fans Jump In With Support as Mia St. John Shares Update About Her Sobriety

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Mrinal Mishra

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