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Cheslie Kryst’s Mom April Simpkins Speaks at Miss Universe 2022 Stage

One year after the death of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, her mom April Simpkins announced a partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness for the Cheslie C. Kryst Memorial Fund for Mental Health.

It’s been a year since Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst died and the Miss Universe Organization paid tribute to her memory as her mom April Simpkins made an appearance during the 71st edition of the pageant in New Orleans on Sunday, January 15, Manila time.

“She often spoke about the support she received from all of you at the Miss Universe Organization and for that, I am forever grateful,” April said as she spoke before the crowd in attendance.

She also thanked the fans for the love and support the family has gotten since Cheslie’s passing.

April Simpkins at Miss Universe 2022

The Cheslie C. Cryst Memorial Fund for Mental Heath

April then went on about how Cheslie battled high-functioning depression, something she has rarely shared with everyone.

“The Cheslie you saw didn’t always match the way she felt inside,” she said. “Just because someone tells you they’re fine, doesn’t mean they are. We all need to listen when we check in on our strong friends. Create a safe space so they have room to share if they are challenged.”

April added that it’s important that people listen and announced they have established the Cheslie C. Kryst Memorial Fund for Mental Health in partnership with NAMI or the National Alliance for Mental Health Awareness. The fund will focus on the importance of mental health most especially high-functioning depression.

“I’m honored to be here tonight to share Cheslie’s story and I ask that you share it. Share it with others in hopes that together we can break the stigma and talk more about mental health. Be well,” April concluded.

Cheslie’s life

Cheslie Kryst was crowned as Miss USA 2019 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, Georgia. South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi won that year.

After her pageant career, Cheslie worked as a correspondent for Extra and has been active in the organization Dress for Success. She was also a lawyer and model, and had a master’s degree in Business Administration.

On January 30, 2022, it was confirmed that Cheslie died. Autopsy reports confirmed that the cause of death was after dying by apparent suicide. She was 30 years old.

If you need help, there are several organizations out there that can help. Get in touch with Mind Nation or seek help via Mental Health Matters PH through their Instagram or through Mental Health PH via their hotline at 0917-899-8727 or 02-7-989-8727.

Check out more stories on Mental Health issues:

Why We’re Proud That Sunshine Dizon Opened Up About Her Mental Health Issues

How Jerika Ejercito Overcame Depression

Mental Health Begins Within the Family

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