As we wrapped up National Suicide Prevention Month in September, one brave titleholder shared her story and battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Ms. Earth shared a personal and touching Facebook post about her battle to let others know that they are not alone. (Read: How to Turn Your Passion Into A Successful Pageant Platform)
She then went on to speak very candidly about some of her darkest days and suicide attempts when she was just 12 years old. She went on to say that she was told the depression would go away after adolescence but, "22 years later I am still the 'little girl' struggling with depression; even during my most exciting and rewarding days."
Chuck then credits the amazing people in her life that continuously help her in her darkest times. She closes the post with, "Today isn’t always a good day for me but knowing that I’m not alone is sometimes all I need to push through to tomorrow."
About the cause
It is always incredible when a titleholder uses their platform to bring attention to something worthy of awareness. So many people are unaware of the signs of depression and suicide, so Chucci bringing awareness to all of the Ms. Earth followers is incredible. (Read: Miss Universe Australia 2017 Reveals Her Battle With Mental Illness)
loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
decreased energy or fatigue
thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts
appetite or weight changes
aches or pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems without a clear physical cause
October 5, 2017, is National Depression Screening Day, so if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please make sure to see a doctor. Thank you to Ms. Earth 2017 Kristin Chucci for her bravery in sharing her story and bringing to light this worthy cause!