Kate Spade, the acclaimed fashion designer behind Kate Spade New York, has died aged 55 in an apparent suicide, found by her housekeeper who arrived at her apartment on Park Avenue to find her unresponsive.
According to the BBC, a statement was released by the family that said how devastated they all are by the tragedy, going on to say: “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.” A note had apparently been left by the designer, but its contents have not been discussed by police.
Whenever someone high profile is in the news for this kind of situation, it can really shine a light on what is a very difficult subject – but one that can affect everyone at any time of their lives. If you are feeling suicidal yourself, don’t bottle your emotions up and seek help from somewhere. Remember that you don’t have to deal with your feelings on your own and there are lots of places you can go for help.
There are numerous free helplines that can be used in an emergency but seeing a therapist regularly could also be particularly useful. You should also tell friends and family how you’re feeling as they will also be able to give you the support you need and help to keep you safe.
It might also be a good idea to come up with your own suicide safety plan, which your therapist will be able to help you with. Include information about when to use it, writing down the thoughts and warning signs that can result in you feeling suicidal – and write down steps you can take that will be both calming and comforting to you.
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