Cheslie Kryst RIP: Be Outraged

Cheslie Kryst RIP: Be Outraged

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Cheslie Kryst, 2019 Miss USA, lawyer-activist and entertainment correspondent, dies today after jumping out of a building. She posted a fun TikTok just a few days ago and her last post on Instagram as seen below is leaves a haunting hurt behind for anyone who views it and now understands that she was saying goodbye. CDC sites that “suicide affects all ages. It is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, the fourth leading cause among people ages 35-44, and the fifth leading cause among people ages 45-54.”


Do not be shocked. Be outraged about the suicide rates and statistics in America that you do something about it. Be outraged enough to stop stigmatizing and making fun of mental health issues. Be outraged enough to take care of yourself and pay attention to the people around you. I obviously do not know her story. But I know mine, as a person who lost a loved one to suicide and has children who have to bear the reality of that, I can only imagine the pain she must have been feeling and can relate to the surreal aftermath that the family is going through. 


I know that there are people walking around us every day from young teens to the elderly who their loved ones should be thankful that they made it through the day because all they think about is how much easier life would be for everyone if they ended it all. No matter what the exterior is if a person does not truly believe they are worthy or valued enough to fight through their pain, they will pretend otherwise and walk around with a mask on as they struggle. 


This tragedy is heartbreaking because I personally know many who fight this battle on a daily basis whether it be for themselves or they are fighting to keep a loved one alive. My heart breaks because suicide takes a life about every 11 minutes and it does not have to be this way. 


If you or anyone you love suffers from depression, suicidal thoughts, poor coping skills or struggles to stay alive from day to day, please take steps to have a plan in place that will allow you the opportunity to work through these emotions. 


A plan should include a person you can trust (and a backup) that you can call to help. It should also include what you will do until you are no longer at high risk to commit suicide. Then you should have interventions in place to increase your stress resiliency and coping skills so that you can avoid being in that place again.


If you are not going through it yourself that be available to be that source of refuge for someone who may need it. Remember to be devoid of judgment or disappointment. Your job is to be there and listen and prevent them from carrying out any plans they may have made. Suicide is preventable. So don’t be shocked; be outraged enough to help with fighting against it. Be part of the solution.


National Suicide Prevention Line 1-800-273-8255. You can also visit the website to chat. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


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