Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead of apparent suicide in New York
Acclaimed fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide in New York. The 55-year old was a fashion legend, having created the fashion house Kate Spade New York in 1993, which today directly competes with Michael Kors and other high-end lines. Kate Spade left a suicide note and was found by her housekeeper in her New York apartment. Officials suspect a suicide because Kate Spade hung herself and was found this way. Mental health doesn’t discriminate and Kate Spade’s death illustrates the importance of treating psychological and emotional distress.
Is Kate Spade’s Death a Suicide?
There could be many underlying reasons that push a person to take his/her own life. Whether it’s inner struggles, mental illness, or depression, when someone suffers in silence for long enough they can come to a breaking point. Kate Spade’s death looks like a suicide and is being treated as such by law enforcement. As a businesswoman with all the success in the world, it is hard to image what lead her to commit suicide and speculations always run rampant.
When someone with fame or power is found dead of an apparent suicide, people wonder what could be happening in their lives that drives them to death. The truth is that none of us are perfect and anyone can be affected by mental illness or depression, regardless of your socioeconomic status. The statistics for suicides in the United States show a disturbing trend.
In 2016, there were 44,965 recorded suicides, up from 42,773 in 2014, according to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). On average, adjusted for age, the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years.
If you or a loved one are feeling distressed, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Here at Long Island Interventions, we operate a mobile crisis team that provides confidential substance abuse and emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Co-occurring disorders often include substance abuse and underlying mental health issues that can lead to suicide. We specialize in assisting those individuals that struggle with a dual diagnosis and are searching for an appropriate level of care. Our mission is to remove the stigma associated with mental health and recovery so that everyone has an opportunity to find happiness.