Kate Spade Brand donates $1m to mental health charities

The Kate Spade Company announced this week that they would be donating $1 million to American mental health charities.

Kate Spade sadly passed away earlier this month, after taking her own life. The successful fashion designer left behind an empire which is synonymous with glamour and luxury. Her passing, as well as that of celebrity chef and writer Anthony Bourdain, has sparked new debate with regard to depression, mental illness and wellbeing.

According to Business Insider, ‘The first donation of $250,000 will be given to Crisis Text Line, a non-profit that supports people in crisis using a text-messaging service.’

The company emailed customers on Wednesday to make the announcement, also informing them that they would match any public donations up to a total of $100,000. There have been $16,000 of additional public donations as a result.

Whilst Spade had not been directly involved with the company for over a decade, the fashion outlet have been very vocal in their tributes to their founder.

Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed” announced the company in a press release shortly after the event, “Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into the world.”

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 25: Designer Kate Spade poses for a portrait in her new handbag store on Newbury Street in Boston on June 25, 1999. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Mental illness can affect anyone, no matter their status, celebrity, financial situation or education. To find out more about how you can help, volunteer or donate, check your local mental health and suicide awareness charities.

Colin J McCracken
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