Kate Spade Brand Donates $1 Million to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Following Founder’s Death

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As the world continues to grapple with the death of famed designer Kate Spade, the company she left behind has found a way to impact countless of lives via a massive donation to suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes.

“In honor of our company founder, kate spade, our foundation is donating over $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes, starting with $250,000 to the @crisistextline,” read an Instagram post shared on Wednesday (June 20.) “from June 20 through June 29, 2018, the kate spade new york foundation will also match public donations made to the crisis text line, up to the amount of $100,000. to make your donation, please go to crisistextline.org/katespadeny. thank you for your generosity and support.”

“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. “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.”

Spade passed away on June 5 after taking her own life in her New York City apartment. Her funeral will take place Thursday (June 21) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Redemptorist Church in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

Tricia Despres
Tricia Despres is a Chicago-based freelance writer covering music and entertainment for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in publications such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Advertising Age and various regional publications. A country music fan at her core, Despres has interviewed country greats such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood through the years and thrives on telling the story behind the story. When she is not alongside her laptop, she is alongside her family - husband Paul and daughters Taylor and Amanda.

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