Following Kate Spade's Death, David Spade Donates $100,000 To Mental Health Organization

“More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support."

Following the news of Kate Spade's death, Kate's brother-in-law, actor David Spade, has donated $100,000 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

"More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support," Spade said. "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."

NAMI is "the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness," it says on their website.

"We are grateful to David Spade for his generous contribution," NAMI tweeted in response to David's actions. "This donation will allow us to continue to provide support and advance our mission of building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness."

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Following Kate's death, David shared images of their family on social media:

In May, we partnered with NAMI  to speak with individuals currently living with a mental health issue and to help end the stigmas surrounding mental illness. 

Youth Programs Coordinator at NAMI NYC Brenda Smith, for example, told us she struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.  "Brenda Smith, has found that, on top of going to therapy and sticking with a recovery plan, open lines of communication is one of the most helpful things," A Plus's Katie Ward reported. 

"Also working with other youth has been very helpful," Smith told A Plus. "Showing them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Showing them that you can overcome the obstacles, and still meet your goals and achieve the things that you want to accomplish, even though you have a mental illness."

You can find all of our Mental Health Month coverage here

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "help" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Cover photo by Jaguar PS /Shutterstock

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