It’s easy to question what the beauty queens have been doing post crowning, but really hard to follow their paths. Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa has started an online support group for her advocacy of raising mental health awareness.
Filipina beauty queen Kylie Verzosa has been outspoken about her advocacy for mental health awareness. She also took the bold step of sharing her and her family’s own experiences with depression and other mental health issues. Kylie herself had fought her battle of clinical depression in the year 2014. Kylie has created a Facebok page named, “Mental Health Matters”, with her sister and “a few good people.” The page aims at sharing information on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and to provide emotional support to those who suffer mental illness.
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“I created this page to help people like me, who at one point in their lives have experienced depression, anxiety disorder, and other forms of mental illness,” Verzosa wrote on the page’s description. “I believe many people my age (even younger and older) go through this. I want to let you know that you are not alone. Depression is a disease that is treatable and manageable. It is good to seek help, and learn more about what you are going through and the different forms of mental illness,” she said.
The “Mental Health Matters” Facebook group features different articles, video clips, and stories that can be of help to people dealing with mental health issues. Kylie also shared her own experience and said that she started exercising, doing yoga, pilates, and healthy eating to come out of the clinical depression. Kylie urged the public to share their stories on the page, which she said will be monitored as often as possible.
“I am not a professional but I know how you feel because I have been there. I encourage emotional support. I hope the helpful articles, video clips and stories I post here can enlighten you. Remember, suicide must NOT be an option. Help me save lives. Let us support one another. We are not alone and we can get better and live our dreams just like I do,” Verzosa added.
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