Even before being crowned as Miss International in 2016, Kylie Versoza has always been a leading advocate of mental health, depression and suicide awareness. Born in Baguio City, this twenty seven year old lass is not only a pretty face. She is a volunteer of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation which aims to educate people with regards to depression and suicide. In fact, she was even invited as guest speaker for the United Nations by the World Health Organization last April 7. Kylie also attended the final reading of the Mental Health Bill at the Senate of the Philippines last May and was also present at the press conference for the passing of the bill.
Apart from professional modeling and co-managing the Philippine operations of the Japanese-funded real estate start-up PropertyAccess, Kylie, together with her sister and selected people created Mental Health Matters, an online support group for people experiencing depression, anxiety and all sorts of mental health challenges. The online website also provides information about mental health as it aims to educate people regarding this subject. Mental Health Matters believes that education is the best way to create understanding and empathy toward those who battle mental health challenges.
Her dedication to this ever-alarming issue is due to the fact that the 2016 Miss International has gone through the darkness herself, years before she joined the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. She braved the murky waters and eventually came out triumphantly.
In the hopes to bring attention on the reality of mental health illnesses, the home of the Binibining Pilipinas showed full support to their past queen. Araneta City, in partnership with J. Amado Araneta Foundation and the Philippine Mental Health Association launched a mental health awareness exhibit, #IAMEnough at the Gateway Mall Activity area. Kylie, together with Philippine Mental Health Association National Executive Director Carolina Uno-Rayco and JAAF Executive Director Diane Romero graced the launching of the event. Proceeds from the #IAMEnough photobooth and merchandise are for the benefit of the Philippine Mental Health Association.