I wake up the morning of June 5, not sure whether to dread the day or enjoy it. I didn’t get up fast. I took my time. While eating breakfast, I read that Kate Spade has died by suicide. It was so surreal.
Charles and Kate Spade not only share cause of death, they share a suicide death anniversary date, June 5. Like Charles, I believe Kate Spade also suffered from depression.
They also died by the same method. And both were creative geniuses.
Charles would not have had any idea who she was. He was not into women’s handbags, wallets and accessories. Not surprising. He would not have thought they had anything in common either. Unfortunately, they did and that’s the intense emotional pain that made them feel the world would be better off without them.
The sad thing is Kate Spade left behind a daughter who will, like us, struggle with this cause of death.
Later on Wednesday, June 5, 2018, I noticed traffic for certain pages on this website was way up due to people looking on Google for ways to die–pages I write for the specific purpose of ranking on Google to intervene and possibly save a life.
The death of someone famous is often a trigger for vulnerable individuals. That’s why it’s important for headlines not to include specific method of death and have published resources. Kurt Cobain’s death by suicide showed us that people will reach out for help if you put the information in front of them.
This can’t be something we talk about for a week.
There is no right time to have this conversation. The time to have it is right now.
There is not an inappropriate time of day, no wrong venue, or group that should not be educated on this topic. So let’s make the conversation about suicide more commonplace before suicide as a cause of death goes mainstream.