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Kate Spade’s death, a grim reminder that depression does not discriminate

Kate Spade’s death, a grim reminder that depression does not discriminate

Depression has claimed one more beautiful life and this time, it’s famous American fashion designer and businesswoman Kate Spade’s. In what is being seen as an apparent suicide, the 55-year old fashion mogul was found hanging with a scarf around her neck in  her Manhattan apartment. Her body was found by the police after being discovered by her housekeeper. According to the NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, police  found a suicide note at the scene of the incident. The celebrated fashion kingpin’s death has once again renewed conversations about mental illness and is a gory reminder of the fact that  depression does not discriminate.

According to the deceased designer’s older sister, Reta Saffo, Spade’s suicide came as no surprise to her. In the emails written to Kansas City Star newspaper, Saffo mentioned that for the past three or four years Spade was suffering from severe mental illness and would often try to self-medicate her bi-polar disorder with alcohol, because she was too afraid to seek help out of fear that it might tarnish her brand’s image.

Though Spade’s family members including her husband Andy Spade made numerous attempts to get the designer much needed professional help, Spade always managed to get out of it.. At the end of the day, it was the image of her brand, the “happy-go-lucky Kate Spade” that finally reigned supreme over her. As per Saffo, her little sister was always worried about  public opinion and the effect; it would have on her brand. With regard to the struggle faced by Spade’s family members to get her the much-needed treatment, Saffo said, “Sometimes you simply cannot SAVE people from themselves!” Saffo also disclosed the deep interest Spade showed in the suicide of the iconic comic actor Robin Williams, who was found dead at his home in 2014. According to Saffo, the event had an important effect on Spade and it in a way planted the dangerous seed in her mind. .

Spade who began her career as an accessory editor at Mademoiselle,  built an empire out of  colorful, classic handbags and accessories that once dominated the American fashion. From designing handbags, Spade later expanded her collection to include designer luggage, shoes, stationery and a home line. Founded in 1993 as Kate Spade Handbags, her company that was later sold has over 140 retail and outlet stores in the U.S. and 175 shops internationally. The designer is survived by her husband and her daughter, Francis Beatrix Spade.

Mental illness and substance abuse: A vicious cycle!

Characterized by persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness, depression can have a tremendous impact on a person’s personal and professional life, increase one’s risk of developing other diseases and even give birth to suicidal tendencies. A leading cause of death in the United States,  on an average, 123 suicides are reported per day, the economic cost of it which roughly translates into$69 billion.. Often related to mental health, substance abuse issues or a major stressful event, suicide might seem as the only way out by the people who are aggrieved by this deadly disorder.

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