Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza had been very honest about her bout with mental illness. In 2016, the 26-year-old beauty queen bravely admitted her personal experience after being diagnosed with clinical depression. Now as a proud survivor, Kylie Versoza continues to encourage others to speak up about these sensitive health conditions as she relives this difficult phase in her life.
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“I’m going to tell you a known secret. 4 years ago I was diagnosed as clinically depressed. No one knew but my family, and I suffered and survived in silence.”
She also revealed how her battle against depression drove her to advocate about mental health awareness. It’s impressive how someone who went through such pain decided to help others from ever sinking that low.
“When given the opportunity to speak about it, I took it, even when I was discouraged and told to focus on more visible and popular advocacies. This is very personal to me.”
It’s also beautiful how Kylie reminded everyone who is battling with mental illness that they are not alone in this seemingly hopeless fight.
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“This is for everyone who’s suffered from depression, mood disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any form of mental illness. You are not alone. I once thought I was crazy, or maybe I still am. Who knows, we all need a bit of insanity to succeed. But it’s okay. Being honest about how you feel doesn’t make us weak, it makes us human.”
She ended her heartfelt note by encouraging others to speak up about mental health conditions.
“Get help. Speak to someone. Let’s speak up more about mental health, before it’s too late.”
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While being an advocate on mental health, Kylie is also busy with her acting career as a cast in an upcoming movie under VIVA Films.