Woman uses’ Ms. The Texas USA Wheelchair Title Focuses on Mental Health – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A note for readers who may be sensitive to the subject: This story is about an attempted suicide.
Crystal Reeves is still getting used to her new title. “Mrs. Wheelchair Texas USA,” Reeves said. “It’s not about the outside, it’s about the inside.”
“I turned 51 yesterday,” Reeves said with a smile. There was a time when she wasn’t in a wheelchair and didn’t expect to reach that age.
“That happened on August 6, 1988. I was in a wheelchair. I attempted suicide. I shot myself with my father’s pistol,” Reeves said.
She was then 17 years old.
“Being 17 is a tough age for kids. I mean, I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be 17 now and being a girl in society. I know it’s very difficult for them . “
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Women try to commit suicide three times as likely as men and twice as likely as men to develop depression.
“Maybe we can prevent some of this from happening if people know more about the cause and where to go,” Reeves said. “It’s okay not to be okay.”
It is for this reason that mental health awareness and suicide prevention are the platforms for Reeves’ Ms. Texas Wheelchair USA competitions. She said she relied on her faith to get through difficult times.
“Because I can’t do missionary trips per se like other people. I can at least go out there and get the message out there, ”Reeves said. “I don’t care if I win or not. I just want to be part of this family. There are some great ladies standing right next to me … and they also have a story to tell. “
Reeves will go to Ohio’s national Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant next July.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting Home at 741741.