Morning Roundup: Mar. 18, 2019

By The Fix staff 03/18/19

FBI agents support early release for 'White Boy Rick,' Danish hotel supports staff's addiction recovery, Kristoff St. John's ex-wife shares her struggle to stay sober after his death.

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Mia St. John fights Jamie The Hurricane Clampitt in 2005. Jerry Coli |

Pete Davidson, Others, Are Changing the Way We Talk About Mental Health [Huffington Post]
The SNL star and others, like Olympian Michael Phelps, are candid about their mental health—and it's setting a positive example for others. This article highlights the accessibility of text therapy and opening up about one's mental health.

FBI Agents: 'White Boy Rick' Deserves Early Release [Detroit Free Press]
The state of Florida is considering the early release of Richard Wershe Jr.—known as "White Boy Rick." At a recent clemency hearing, two FBI agents testified in support of clemency for the former FBI informant. 

'Sober Bar' Plans Addiction Support Group, Expansion to London [CBC]
A coffee shop manned by people in recovery wants to offer a supportive space to help people stay sober. In addition to holding support group meetings, the Spiritual Soldiers Coffee Compound is hoping to expand across the pond.

The Danish Hotel Helping Recovering Addicts Get Back on Their Feet [Marketplace]
A Copenhagen hotel trains and employs people in recovery. The affordable Hotellet transitions to "self-service" for guests in the afternoons, giving employees time to attend to personal issues.

Patrick Kennedy Decries Insurance Discrimination Against Mental Health/Addiction Treatment [Providence Journal]
The former U.S. Representative and mental health advocate is urging government officials to protect Americans with mental health/addiction issues from discrimination by health insurance companies. 

Can Cannabis Solve the Opioid Crisis? [Scientific American]
A Calgary-based clinical psychologist weighs in on the potential impact of cannabis on opioid use disorder. What does the scientific research say? 

Kristoff St. John's Ex-Wife Lost 30 Years of Sobriety After His Death [People]
The ex-wife of the late actor, Mia St. John, told People that she lost 30 years of sobriety after his death. "I'm ashamed, believe me... I'm just an imperfect person and we all have to find a way to pick ourselves up and carry on." 

Teens and Young Adults Are More Depressed Now Than in the Mid-2000s [Gizmodo]
A new study found that rates of depression have dramatically risen among young Americans—but not in older age groups.

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