There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a loved one from suicide. In recognition of that sentiment, Kate Spade New York has announced that they will be making a sizeable donation to suicide prevention following the tragic death of their founder, Kate Spade, 55.
"Mental illness does not discriminate; it is complicated and difficult to diagnose and can often be life-threatening,” Anna Bakst, CEO of Kate Spade New York, said in a statement on Thursday, June 20. "We hope that our support will shed even more light on the disease and encourage those who suffer from mental health issues to seek help. Collectively, we must all do more."
It’s important to acknowledge that no matter how much wealth or fame someone has amassed, they are not exempt from mental illness. Kate’s husband, Andy Spade, spoke out about Kate’s illness, citing that "Kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years." He insisted that she did everything she could to get better, from taking medication for her illnesses to seeing a doctor on a regular basis for the last five years.
"There was no substance or alcohol abuse. There were no business problems. We loved creating our businesses together. We were co-parenting our beautiful daughter," he said. "This is the truth. Anything else that is out there right now is false." Andy believes that it was not Kate, but the personal demons she was battling, that ended her life. He spoke to her the night before and said she "sounded happy" and "there was no indication she would do this."
Kate’s funeral is being held on Thursday, June 21, in her hometown of Kansas City, MO.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.