I’m going to cut-and-paste here in this blog the entry I posted just five minutes ago in the Left of the Dial forum.
Today Kate Spade–the designer of iconic handbags–took her own life.
She had everything going for her in terms of external success.
It’s a tragedy that inside at her core she wasn’t doing very well.
A year or two ago in this Flourish blog I wrote about the phenomenon of “smiling depression.”
Women are suffering all alone because no one takes them seriously.
“How could you be depressed when you have a great life?”
“Just pray and go to church and you’ll be fine.”
“Get married and have babies and raise a family.”
That last sentence contains actual words a young woman was told years ago.
The other two sentences are oft-repeated ill advice that women are given too.
I remember vividly when I was going on a job interview in the 1990s.
I rode the elevator up to the office with another woman. She held a Kate Spade tote against her shoulder. I coveted that Kate Spade pocketbook.
It wasn’t until this spring that I dared splurge to buy myself a Kate Spade pocketbook.
I bought it at a reduced yet not cheap cost at an off-price discount retailer in New York City.
Kate and her husband sold their company years ago. Yet American women have coveted the Kate Spade handbags since their first creation.
Disability is no joke.
Mental health issues strike everyone from all walks of life.
It’s a tragedy that Kate Spade and hundreds possibly thousands of nameless faceless individuals feel the only way out of their pain is to end their life.
What if Kate Spade could’ve gotten treatment? What if she had bipolar or another mental health issue that wasn’t diagnosed?
A part of Kate Spade lives on in the pocketbook I bought this spring.
Yet that’s no consolation for the fact that another human being’s life ended in tragedy not recovery.
God bless you Kate Spade. God bless everyone living with a mental health issue who suffers. You are not alone.
The Suicide Prevention Helpline can be reached at (800) 273-TALK (8255).
You can use the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
Please. The pain you are in can be healed. People care about you. Help is available.
There is a way out of the pain that will enable you to live a better life.
There’s no shame. What you feel is real and true. What you feel can be healed