After the tragedy and heartache of losing her Son Julian to suicide, five times international and world boxing champion Mia St John, is readying to fight with all her might as well as all her heart, fabric and very being, for mental health reform.
Considering her destiny long and hard, Mia reflected: “Boxing was my heart and soul as a child, but it wasn`t until later that I came to the realization it was not my sole purpose. Rather, it was the vehicle to my purpose.”
For this very reason, Mia has teamed with her Brother Duncan Richards, in order to urge youngsters to say active, focused and moving ahead, to stem growing suicide rates, directly connected to mental health issues in children as young as ten years of age.
Duncan has taken the initiative by launching an online film, via his company Bodies in Motion, focusing on kids in the midst of online schooling. He stresses the need for recess, as an essential part of online schooling. His Sister Mia is a Star Guest in the Recess Program, patiently explaining plus demonstrating the basics of Boxing. With a career record of sixty five fights, with forty nine wins, including nineteen knockouts, fourteen losses and two draws, Mia is well qualified to do this. As she herself points out: “Knowledge is power.”
Mia who has established her own Foundation says her fame has given her the opportunities to heighten awareness and to determinedly fight for those who struggle to fight for themselves.
We all have a responsibility to help young people in distress and anguish, to prevent suicide in young people, with their whole life ahead of them. No matter what the circumstances, the worst tragedy for a parent is the death of their son or daughter.
So many people try to comfort those who`ve lost a child by saying: “I know how you feel.” But they don`t…only those who`ve experienced its numbing horror, can possibly know the depths of agony and despair which forever searingly remain. As the saying goes: “A thousand words won`t bring you back, I know because I tried. Neither would a million tears, I know because I cried.”
Rose Kennedy who suffered so much grief through loss, during her long life, which spanned one hundred and four years perhaps comes closest to describing this uniquely awful form of Forever Sadness. In her great wisdom she shared: “It has been said, time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessons…but it never goes away.”