David Spade has donated $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) following his sister-in-law Kate Spade’s tragic death on June 5.
David, 53, said, according to People: “More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support.
“If you or anyone you know is in need of help or guidance please contact the national suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to nami.org to learn more and help those who may be in need.”
David’s donation comes after the husband of the 55-year-old designer, whose death was ruled as suicide by hanging last week, paid a heartbreaking tribute to his former partner.
Andy Spade told the New York Times: “Kate was the most beautiful woman in the world. She was the kindest person I’ve ever known and my best friend for 35 years. My daughter and I are devastated by her loss, and can’t even begin to fathom life without her. We are deeply heartbroken and miss her already.”
Andy also confirmed that Kate had been battling depression and anxiety for many years before she took her own life.
“She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy.
“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways for getting help if you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues.