Cheslie Kryst’s suicide thrusts mental health back into the spotlight

(WVVA) – Cheslie Kryst is yet another name on the list of celebrities to die from suicide.

“We’ve seen in the past several years’ icons who have ultimately ended their life by suicide. I think that it’s hard for us to put in perspective it’s hard for many people to take in. We have put these people on pedestals. We tend to forget that they’re humans.”

Dr. Kristi Dumas, Dumas Psychology Collective

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During her life, Kryst was an advocate for mental health. She spoke of her struggles in Allure Magazine.

“I can’t tell you how many times I have deleted comments on my social media pages that had vomit emojis and insults telling me I wasn’t pretty enough to be miss USA.”

Chelsie Kryst, Former Miss USA

Mental health advocate Michelle Toman said that celebrities aren’t the only ones taking social media abuse.

“It doesn’t feel good for any of us to be under attack. Especially not by strangers. Especially not by people around us. Everybody looks at her physical beauty and everything she has going for her. For people to be able to say what they want on their social media, it isn’t always very kind.”

Michelle Toman, Founder – “Brother Up”, Co-Founder – “You Matter I Matter”

Ultimately the best way to fight this evergrowing disease is to seek help. Dr. Kristi Dumas has been working in the Mental Health field for years.

“It’s okay to not have it all together. It’s okay not to be on all the time. A lot of times, we expect people to always carry themselves in a way that it’s not okay to fall apart. We need to normalize people not being in the best mental health space and we also need to normalize people getting help.”

Dr. Kristi Dumas, Dumas Psychology Collective

If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health you can call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.