What the passing of Kate Spade reminds us

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The passing of Kate Spade reminds us, "Being successful and wealthy doesn't exempt you from depression," says one netizen.


It is a sad day for the fashion world as American fashion designer Kate Spade was found lifeless in her Manhattan apartment on Tuesday morning, June 5, U.S. time.

Kate was 55 years old.

Fans of the international designer mourn her death, posting their tributes on social media.

Some of our local celebrities have also tweeted their thoughts and condolences.

Remembering Kate ....

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The death of the famed designer has also sparked renewed conversation online among professionals, celebrities, and netizens about mental health awareness.

In a 2017 report, the World Health Organization (WHO) said “close to 800,000 people” take their own lives every year. It is also reported to be the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 years old.
In the Philippines, a 2011 study by professionals Maria Theresa Redaniel, May Antonnette Lebana-Dalida, and David Gunnell reported that suicide rates significantly rose "from 0.23 to 3.59 per 100,000 between 1984 and 2005 in males and from 0.12 to 1.09 per 100,000 in females."

The data on suicide ideation and suicide attempts among Filipino adolescents should also be of concern.

A 2017 study by Mark Quintos of University of the Philippines Los Baños further supported this, citing that “roughly one in every ten Filipino youth aged 15 to 27 have thought of ending their life through suicide before,” and one in every 20 pushes through with an actual attempt.

Suicidal ideation, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, "refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide."

The death of Kate Spade is sad news and once agan reminds us to be more mindful about how we treat each other, to become more sensitive to the people around us, and be kinder to one another.


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