The fashion icon never got the help she needed, the girl tribe we all need, to come out stronger on the other side and a more resilient woman
Reading the news of Kate Spade’s suicide yesterday left me feeling sad and shaken, and as someone who has lived with depression her whole life and has attempted suicide in the past and lost friends to suicide, I couldn’t help but get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, “it could have be me. It could have be any one of us.” This article by Sophia A. Nelson Esq. is an important one to read right now.
If you are struggling, know that you are not alone and that there is help out there. If you are feeling suicidal, please reach out to someone for help, call a friend, a family member, someone you trust, and if you don’t have anyone you feel you can reach out to, suicide.org has an entire list of worldwide suicide prevention hotlines and there is no shame in calling for help if you need it. I’ve used one of these numbers myself in the past and the people on the other end of the line do care and will do what they can to help.
Your life has worth, you have worth, no matter who you are or what you’re going through, you are important to someone, you are loved by someone, and life won’t always be this hard, I promise you. There is nothing wrong with needing help and asking for it, there is no shame in it. And there is no shame in struggling with mental health issues, it doesn’t make you a bad or unworthy or unlovable person – you’re just struggling, we all struggle and we all need help from time to time, and there is nothing wrong with that.