Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa has always been an advocate for mental health, having established the online support group Mental Health Matters that also raises awareness for various mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Last July 28, the beauty queen called for others to get the help they need, remembering how she survived her struggle with depression.
“I’m going to tell you a known secret - four years ago, I was diagnosed as clinically depressed. No one knew but my family, and I suffered and survived in silence,” she wrote in her caption.
“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,” she continued. “This is for everyone who’s suffered from depression, mood disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder or any form of mental illness. You are not alone.”
She furthered, “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. Get help. Speak to someone. Let’s speak up more about mental health before it’s too late.”
As a firm believer in the importance of mental health, the 26-year-old was ecstatic when the Philippine Mental Health Law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last June.
“The Philippine Mental Health Law has been passed! Celebrating the passing of the bill with Senator Risa Hontiveros (@hontiverosrisa) and her team. So honored to be part of the bill’s advocates. This milestone will now help integrate mental health in our current healthcare system. 🧠”
Kylie was recently part of the romance drama film “Kasal” starring Bea Alonzo, Paulo Avelino, and Derek Ramsay earlier this year. She also appeared in the 2017 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Ang Panday” starring Coco Martin.
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