We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kate Spade. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, colleagues and everyone touched by this tragedy during this very difficult time.
When someone influential or well-known is lost to suicide, it’s normal to have an emotional reaction even if you did not know them personally. Suicide can bring up feelings of confusion, guilt, hopelessness and more.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help. For 24/7, free, confidential support, contact Crisis Text Line by texting 741741 or The Lifeline by calling 800-273-8255, and visit here for more information and resources.
This tragedy serves as a reminder that anyone can struggle with depression and other mental health problems and we don’t always know what’s really going on in someone’s life. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to check in with anyone you’re worried about and take the extra step to get additional help when needed. Support and resources are available and can make all the difference. Suicide is never the answer.
We also urge the media to do their part to prevent suicide by reporting on these difficult and complicated issues responsibly, using safe and effective messaging guidelines: suicidepreventionmessaging.org.
We can all do more to take better care of ourselves and one another, and together, we can help prevent suicide.
Learn what to do if you’re worried about yourself or someone else: