Sadness Does Not Discriminate: Reflecting on Kate Spade

The unfortunate passing reminds us that depression does not discriminate.

Posted Jun 05, 2018

On Tuesday, June 5th, Kate Spade was reportedly found dead in her Upper East Side home. She leaves behind her husband and 13-year-old daughter. Hundreds of celebrities and fans alike have shared their reactions of shock, heartfelt condolences for her loved ones, and unfortunate mental health lessons in the aftermath of her passing.

Kate and her husband Andy launched Kate Spade Handbags in 1993. Three years later, they opened their first boutique in SoHo. Although they sold the company in 2007, the company presently has over 300 branches worldwide and she has since co-founded another handbag brand, Frances Valentine. She and her husband were worth over $200 million. The untimely passing of the famous designer provides us with the reminder that money cannot buy happiness.

Kate was an undoubtedly successful fashion designer. It is easy to assume that the woman behind her vibrant, yet charming brands lives a colorful, happy, and healthy life. The news of her suicide shatters this perception. It is unclear if she was aware of her mental health concerns or was seeking help. However, considering the news of the alleged suicide, it is clear that she must have been suffering. 

Kate's unfortunate passing serves as a reminder that mental health problems do not discriminate. Concerns can arise regardless of your background, status, career, or gender and need to be taken seriously. Specifically, regardless of your successes, you can still be susceptible to mental health concerns. Further, money and fame will not buffer serious mental health illnesses. Kate was not alone in her struggle, and her loss sparks a much-needed conversation for mental health awareness. Statistically speaking, along with Kate, 122 other Americans will take their lives today. Within the past year about 1.3 million adults have attempted suicide, 2.7 million adults have had a plan to attempt suicide, and 9.3 million adults have had suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the USA.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts please contact the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.