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TPCS Podcast: Death in a Rehab Facility – One Woman’s Fight


For the millions of individuals with drug addictions, there are plenty of facilities out there for help. Some are public, some are private, but all have the goal of helping addicts to move on from drugs and live healthy lives again. Nothing in life is perfect, however, and sometimes things go awry at such facilities. Our guest, Mia St. John, is a 5-time World and International Boxing Champion. She’s used to fighting. Listen as she tells the story of her son, who entered such a facility and never came out. She speaks of her own investigation of her son’s death, officially ruled a suicide, and the obstacles she encountered – and overcame – in her fight for the truth.

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Show Highlights:

“I want transparency, and until you give that to me, I will not stop tearing you down.” ~ Mia St. John

  • Did Mia’s son Julian take his own life or was it murder?
  • Mia’s research reveals many deaths at rehab facilities.
  • Mia uses social media to raise awareness of her son’s situation.
  • The real problem? Lack of oversight.



About Our Guest

Mia St. John is a 5-time World and International Boxing Champion and first generation Mexican born in America. She founded the “El Saber Es Poder” Foundation to empower individuals suffering from mental illness, homelessness, addiction and poverty by providing programs to better educate, inform and improve physical and mental health.

On November 23, 2014, Mia’s son Julian, passed away at the age of 24. He was a talented artist battling Schizophrenia and addiction. His art was displayed at the Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art and Air Laguna in Laguna Beach, California. His art studio, “Stone Art” in Palm Springs, California, is now a free center for young adults suffering from mental illness, including homelessness and addiction. Classes include art, boxing, yoga and meditation. Our boxing program also takes place at Step Up on Second in Santa Monica, California.

St. John says of her son, “He was the light of my life and I will continue to fight for mental health until I take my very last breath”. Mia was named by CNN, “Mental Health Warrior”, along with eight other inspiring people. For more information, please read Mia’s article in The Washington Post on the loss of her son and her fight for Mental Health Reform.

Follow Mia on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. He is also one of the co-hosts of the popular show, A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. As a speaker, he travels nationally and is available to make your event stand out. To work with Gabe, please visit his website,



Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. He is also the author of several award-winning novels and creator of the costumed hero, Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and



TPCS Podcast: Death in a Rehab Facility – One Woman’s Fight

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Central Podcast, T. (2018). TPCS Podcast: Death in a Rehab Facility – One Woman’s Fight. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 23, 2020, from
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Last updated: 11 Sep 2018 (Originally: 6 Sep 2018)
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