Kate Spade New York pledges to donate $1 million for mental health

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on AUG 13, 2019

Kate Spade New York announced that it would donate more than $1 million to organizations supporting mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Kate Spade New York announced that it would donate more than $1 million to organizations supporting mental health awareness and suicide prevention,Cosmopolitanreported.

The announcement comes weeks after designer Kate Spade, who sold all of her shares in her namesake company in 2006, died by suicide after a dealing with serious mental health issues, according to her sister.
The company is donating $250,000 to Crisis Text Line, a not-for-profit group that provides support for people in crisis via text message. People who contact the free service are anonymously connected with a trained crisis counselor who works to help the texter through active listening and collaborative problem solving.

The Kate Spade New York Foundation will also match donations up to $100,000 made to Crisis Text Line until June 29.

The foundation plans to announce the recipients of the additional $750,000 at a later date.

In the wake of Kate Spade's death, family, friends, celebrities, and fans streamed onto social media to honor the designer. Many young women remembered what it meant to them to purchase their first Kate Spade purse, as the brand has often been associated with a grown-up but still attainable elegance for many