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Chelsie Kyriss mom April Simpkins, what is high functioning depression

Chelsie Kyriss mom April Simpkins, what is high functioning depression

Cheslie Kryst’s mother said the former Miss USA suffered from depression in an emotional Instagram post.

Ex-Miss America Cheslie Kryst, according to her mother’s heartbreaking Instagram post on Wednesday, suffered from depression and kept it a secret from her closest friends and family.

April Simpkins wrote about her daughter’s death just a few hours after the medical examiner’s office confirmed that the 30-year-old beauty queen died by suicide Sunday.

Though it’s difficult to believe, it’s true. Cheslie had both a public and a private persona. When it came to her personal life, she was struggling with high-functioning depression, which she hid from everyone—including me, her closest confidant—until very close to her death,” Simpkins wrote.

Her time on this planet was brief, but she left behind a legacy of wonderful memories. Miss her laugh, her wisdom, her sense of humor, and most of all the hugs she gave us. All of it — all of her — is missed. Because she was such an important part of our family, her passing is all the more painful.

After jumping to her death from the W. 42nd Street building where she lived on Sunday morning, Kryst left a note saying she wanted to leave her belongings with her mother, according to police. According to police, her suicide note offered no explanation as to why she had decided to end her own life.

After graduating from law school, Kryst worked as an on-air correspondent for “Extra” before being crowned Miss USA in 2019.

“May this day bring you rest and peace,” she wrote on Instagram on the day before she died.

Kryst opened up about her innermost thoughts in an essay published in Allure magazine in March 2021.

In her essay, she confessed, “Every time I say ‘I’m turning 30,’ I cringe a little.” It’s not always easy to disguise one’s discomfort with excitement; in some cases it seems like bad acting. The elderly, particularly women, have never had it easy in society. Some of the rich and a few of the famous are exempt from this rule (with a few exceptions).

Her mother urged her to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 if she or anyone else was thinking about taking their own life.

The world saw Cheslie as a ray of sunshine wrapped in smiles. All day, every day, we chatted, FaceTimed, or texted one another. As much as I loved having you as a daughter, you were also my closest friend. One of the highlights of my day was talking to you. She wrote, “Your smile and laughter were contagious.”

“Baby girl, I adore you with all of my heart. I miss you with all of my heart. I have faith that we will reunite at some point in the future. The rest of your life will be peaceful until then. “