CHESLIE Kryst’s mother shared a heartbreaking tribute at the Miss Universe 2023 competition nearly a year after her daughter took her own life.
“As many of you know, Cheslie dealt with high-functioning depression, said Cheslie’s mother, April.
“The Cheslie you saw didn’t always match the way she felt inside. 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 urged people to really listen and support people, who may be struggling with mental health.
“I’m encouraged to announce a partnership with Nami – the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which has established the Cheslie C Kryst Memorial Fund for Mental Health.”
According to April, the fund will focus on mental health challenges, including 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.
BEAUTY QUEEN TRAGEDY
The beauty, who lived on the ninth floor of the building, plunged from the building’s terrace on the 29th floor.
“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” read a statement from Kryst’s family at the time.
“Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength.
“Our hearts are broken. Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.”
She used her platform as Miss USA to speak about criminal justice reform.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.