Morning Roundup: May 23, 2019

By The Fix staff 05/23/19

Music label offers "mental health fund" for artists, NHL player paid tribute to broadcaster's son who fatally overdosed, NYC's Met Museum will no longer accept gifts from OxyContin-affiliated Sackler family.

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Mental Health First Aid Kit: Lady Gaga Working on High School Program to Reduce Stigma [TODAY]
A pilot program that trained high schoolers in Mental Health First Aid, an initiative supported by Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, has received positive feedback. "It was surprising how serious the kids took it, how thankful they were, how helpful they found it," said one Nevada teacher. 

How One Indie Label Is Combatting the Mental Health Crisis [Pitchfork]
Toronto music label, Royal Mountain Records, has a designated "mental health fund" for its artists. "It comes out of our bottom line. It's a lot but it's still just a dent."

Columbine Survivor Spoke About Emotional Pain and Drug Addiction Before Death [USA Today]
In April, Austin Eubanks was in Kentucky, where he addressed the "emotional pain" affecting millions that has translated to harmful coping like drug abuse. Recently, the Columbine shooting survivor "lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face."

NHL Winger Paid Tribute to Son of Friend and NHL Broadcaster Who Lost Battle with Drugs [WBUR]
Ryan Reaves, of the Vegas Golden Knights, grew up knowing NHL broadcaster Scott Oake. When Oake's son Bruce died of a drug overdose, Reaves was there to pay tribute to his childhood friend.

Families Who Have Lost Loved Ones to Addiction Invited to Sign Giant Spoon [Concord Monitor]
The giant heroin spoon sculpture that garnered attention for its installment in front of Purdue Pharma's headquarters will travel across New England, where people who've lost friends/family to drugs can sign the sculpture.

Little Yellow House: City Officials See Model for Getting Mentally Ill Off the Streets [SF Chronicle]
San Francisco city officials are hoping to gain funding for more housing for the mentally ill and people recovering from substance use disorder. "We have a broken mental health and substance abuse system in San Francisco... The financial waste is absurd. The human cost is absurd."

New York's Met Museum To Shun Sackler Family Donations [BBC]
Following the example of the National Portrait Gallery and the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has "severed a decades-old relationship" with the Sackler family amid countless lawsuits against Purdue Pharma for exacerbating the opioid crisis.

Perspective: My Teens Don't Use Social Media, But Even They Can't Escape the Pressure of Perfectionism [USA Today]
NBC Nightly News anchor Kate Snow examines the relationship between social media and stressed teenagers. "Kids all around us seem to be constantly striving for perfection. And though we try to deemphasize the importance of grades in our family, our kids would tell you they feel stressed."  

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