Pride and Mental Illness

As you may or may not know, June is dedicated to the LGBTQ community and it has been deemed Pride Month. Before you dismiss this post for what it sounds like on the surface, please be assured that this post is not about celebrating with the LGBTQ community; however, this post is about pride.

Pride can be defined as a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.

Pride can be an obstacle that prevents people from getting help when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. Speaking from experience, it took me years to realize that I needed help managing my depression and anxiety, I have been on an antidepressant for several months now, and it’s working great.

Two days ago, America lost one of its well-known fashion icons, Kate Spade at age 55. In a CNN article titled “Kate Spade, Fashion Designer, Found Dead in Apparent Suicide” authored by Eric Levenson and Brynn Gringas, Spade left a note addressed to her young 13-year-old daughter and to her husband. Born Kathrine Brosnahan, Kate was the fifth of six children. She started Kate Spade New York in 1993 and opened her first shop in the city three years later (Levenson et al.). She became one of the most well-known handbag designers in the United States and around the world.

Articles are continuing to circulate saying that Kate did not wish to acknowledge her depression and mental illness for fear that it would cause irreparable damage to her brand, which will be a lasting legacy.

I want to remind everyone that if you or someone that you know are struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, or anxiety, resources and help are available. Listed below are resources for those in need.

Crisis Text Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The HopeLine

In memory of Kate Spade: December 24th  1962-June 5th, 2018

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