Why Kate Spade’s Suicide Is A Crucial Example of Mental Health Awareness

News broke on June 5th that Kate Spade, an American fashion designer and incredibly successful businesswoman, was found dead in her home after committing suicide. Spade was 55 years of age and leaves behind her husband, Andy Spade, and her daughter, Frances.

Spade was the former co-owner of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York, and in 2006 she sold the remainder of her shares in the company. Spade had a supposed Net Worth of $150 million as of 2018. Shortly after it was reported that Spade was found dead, I came across some social media posts by individuals expressing their shock over Spade’s suicide, and further referencing how money and riches don’t necessarily guarantee happiness.

These social media posts prompted me to discuss how Spade’s suicide is such a significant example of mental health awareness. Her situation is a blatant example of how mental illness fails to be selective in who it impacts; it is a relentless, malicious force of nature that requires serious medical attention and awareness, and as life-threating as it can be, it does not always show itself in physical, visible ways.

The following are some examples of Tweets I came across shortly after hearing of Spade’s death.

@RickWilson tweeted “On the Kate Spade news, a reminder…for those of you feeling like the world is hopeless and no one is listening please remember, you’re loved and needed, and there’s help out there. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.”

@eugenegu tweeted “Incredibly saddened by Kate Spade’s tragic suicide at only 55. Depression is a life-threatening illness just like heart disease, cancer, or sepsis. There should be no stigma about mental health—only treatment, awareness, and compassion.”

Her death is incredibly tragic, and my heart goes out to her friends and family during this difficult time. If you’re ever in need of a reminder that you’re deeply loved and cherished by the people in your life, please phone the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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