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My grandmother committed suicide on my father’s 18th birthday. Obviously, she had untreated mental illness, likely depression, or bipolar disorder.
Kate Spade tragically hung herself in her Park Avenue apartment. One of the most successful fashion designers of all time, she had a net worth of over $150 million. Obviously, Kate Spade had untreated mental illness: likely depression, or bipolar disorder.
Mental illness doesn’t discriminate: Kate Spade was wealthy, and my grandmother was poor. It impacts most, if not all of us, through our friends and family. Yet, unlike with physical illness, there is still a stigma to mental illness- a stigma so strong, that people like my grandmother and Kate Spade don’t get the help they need.
People are literally dying because they don’t feel safe getting the help they need, because of the stigma attached to depression and mental illness. My passion for helping people with mental health challenges recently led me to taking on the CEO role at UMA Health, an online mental health and coaching marketplace that connects people with providers to quickly get them the help they need.
But I need a lot of help, if we’re going to #DestigmatizeDepression.