Earlier this month, people were in shock when they heard that Kate Spade, famous fashion designer had died of an apparent suicide in her own home. Later this week, she’ll be laid to rest in Missouri, her home state. The funeral will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church in Kansas City. This is the same church where her grandparents were married.
Instead of flowers, mourners have been asked to make a donation to animal charities – either the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Wayside Waifs.
Spade’s father has spoken about depression and his hope that Kate’s death will help to open up the discussion so that others who suffer can find help. He said,
“…any talk…that helps somebody else, Katy would have liked that….she was always giving and charitable.”
Andy Spade, Kate’s husband and brother of famous comedian, David Spade also spoke about her depression, saying that she had suffer for many years. He also said she actively sought help and there wasn’t any signs that suicide was on her mind immediately before her death.
The death of Kate Spade may still be shocking to many but the fact is that depression and anxiety and other mental health conditions still have a stigma in our society and that’s very sad. It is hard in many states to get help and it can be costly. But there are options.
If you suffer, please don’t give up. Remember that there are people that care. The world needs you. The world needs you to keep fight and to speak up so that others will know that this is a problem and more resources are needed to prevent the death of people who fight the demons of depression daily.
[Featured Image: By Paul Keleher (originally posted to Flickr as kate spade) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
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