Unless you live under a rock, you probably know who Kate Spade is. You probably also know that the iconic fashion designer hanged herself on Tuesday June 5, 2018. She was only 55 years old.
One thing I keep hearing that really bothers me is why would someone who has what she has, hang themselves? According to the note she left her daughter, there was a divorce looming. But is that enough to cause a person to want to end their life? While it may not be the sole reason, coming to the end of a 24 year marriage can definitely be a trigger.
Spade’s sister, Reta Saffo, made mention of Spade’s struggle with what she believed was bipolar disorder. Saffo claims her sister was not getting the proper care and that she tried many times to help her. SOURCE
I hope that, if anything, her death helps raise awareness to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. We may never know why Kate Spade decided not to receive proper treatment. What we do know is that in 2011 60% of adult Americans that were diagnosed with a mental illness are left untreated. We also know that 1 in 5 adults has a mental illness. That’s around 43.8 billion, and that’s just the adults. SOURCE
America, we need to get our shit together. This is not ok! People shouldn’t feel bad for getting help or treatment. They shouldn’t feel belittled or like less of a person. The brain is an organ just like any other in our bodies. If your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, you see a doctor and get treatment for your diabetes. Why is it frowned about in America to get treatment for your brain when it doesn’t produce what it should or function the way it was intended?
IT’S OK TO SEEK HELP! IT’S OK TO GET TREATMENT!
Kate Spade will be deeply missed. Her family and friends are in my heart and I wish them the best during this rough time.