After Witnessing Mother-in-Law’s Horrific Suicide, Former Miss America Urges Christians to Reach Out Their Saved Loved Ones Struggling with Depression

Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell is crowned Miss America 2016 by Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev on September 13, 2015. Mel Evans/AP Images

If you are in crisis, please call 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.orgYou are not alone.

Betty Maxwell, author and former Miss America (2016), became a strong advocate for mental wellness after witnessing her mother-in-law’s death by suicide. In her book, Miss Unlikely: From Farm Girl to Miss America, she writes that she was inside the house when she heard a loud sound, only to run out the front door and find her mother-in-law lying on the ground, shot.

Unfortunately, though Maxwell and her husband saw signs that something was off with his mom, they didn’t say anything to her because they thought, She’s such a godly woman; she’s just going through a temporary rough patch, she says on the Charisma News podcast on the Charisma Podcast Network. After the suicide, Maxwell discovered how crucial it is to say something if someone shows any unusual alteration in mood or actions.

“Even if it’s the most godly person that you know, still talk to them, still ask them if everything’s OK,” Maxwell says. “Still make sure that you’re doing everything that you can because God gave us each other. He gave us other people for a reason. We’re supposed to rely on Him, but we’re supposed to be able to rely on each other too; you have to be there for people. That’s what God calls us to do.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News