Kate Spade New York Donates $1 Million to Suicide Prevention Groups

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Kate Spade New York announced Wednesday that they will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention groups, just two weeks after the death of the brand's co-founder. 

“Mental illness does not discriminate; it is complicated and difficult to diagnose and can often be life-threatening,” Anna Bakst, CEO of Kate Spade New York, said in a statement Wednesday. "We hope that our support will shed even more light on the disease and encourage those who suffer from mental health issues to seek help. Collectively, we must all do more."

Kate Spade, 55, was found dead after hanging herself in her New York City apartment on June 5. She was in treatment for anxiety and depression at the time of her death.

The Kate Spade New York Foundation announced it will start with a $250,000 donation to the Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit organization providing free crisis support. 

The foundation will also match all public donations to the Crisis Text Line between June 20 and June 29, up to $100,000.

“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest," Bakst added in her statement. "We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy."

In addition, the company will host a Global Mental Health Awareness day for employees as part of its Wellness Program.

Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States, the CDC reported. 

Spade leaves behind her husband, Andy Spade, and their 13-year-old daughter. 

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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