07 Jun My thoughts on the sad loss of Kate Spade and why we need to talk about suicide and mental ill-health
via WHIMN by Dr Tim Sharp (aka #DrHappy)
Many, if not all of you would be familiar with Kate Spade. If not with her personally, then almost certainly with her bags (or clothing and accessories).
For those who might not be aware, the story of Kate Spade (born Katherine Noel Brosnahan) is a story of success. Beginning her professional life as a fashion editor, she saw an opportunity and with her husband, created a brand that met the needs of and influenced women all over the world.
But sadly, Kate Spade has been found dead overnight. And according to all reports, police are investigating her death as an apparent suicide.
As terribly sad as this is, it’s not an uncommon occurrence. Here in Australia approximately eight people take their own lives each and every day. Think about it; that’s a person ending their own lives every two hours you’re awake. It is, to put it mildly, an utter tragedy.
Even more people are affected daily by mental ill-health. In fact, one in four of us will suffer some form of mental illness; and one of the worst aspects of this is that the majority of them will suffer in silence. For every 10 people experiencing significant psychological distress, only about two or three of them will seek professional help. This means that three quarters will suffer excessively and in silence.
Why are so many people reluctant to reach out? And why are we so surprised when people we know take drastic action such as self-harm?
…keep reading the full & original article HERE