Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst’s family starts mental health fund one year after her death
“Just because someone tells you they’re fine, doesn’t mean they are,” Cheslie Kryst’s mom, April Simpkins, told the audience at the Miss Universe pageant earlier this month.
Context: Kryst, a Charlottean who was Miss USA 2019, died by suicide on Jan. 30, 2022.
- “Cheslie dealt with high-functioning depression,” Simpkins said at the pageant in New Orleans. “The Cheslie you saw didn’t always match the way she felt inside.”
- The funds will go to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
- Donations can be made here.
Flashback: Kryst worked as an attorney in Charlotte. After she was crowned, she moved to New York City and became an Emmy Award-nominated correspondent with ExtraTV.
- She attended the University of South Carolina and received her M.B.A. and J.D. from Wake Forest University.
Of note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. It is free, available 24/7, and confidential.
- Call 1-800-273-8255 to speak with a certified listener.
- Crisis Text Line is a texting service for emotional crisis support: Text HELLO to 741741.
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