Kate Spade's husband shares poignant mental health message to mark her birthday

Kate Spade

Kate Spade's husband Andy marked what would have been the designer's birthday on Tuesday by posting a powerful message about mental health on Instagram.

The late designer, who co-founded Kate Spade New York with her husband in 1993, committed suicide in June 2018 at the age of 55.

After her death, Andy revealed she had been battling depression and anxiety for years and had been "actively seeking help".

To mark what would have been her 57th birthday on Christmas Eve, Andy shared a throwback photo of their daughter Frances, now 14, holding a lollipop and wrote a lengthy caption in which he implored followers to be kind to one another and have no shame in reaching out and asking for help.

"I will never forget the love Kate had for our beautiful, bright and charming Frances Bea. On the date of Katherine Noel Brosnahan Spades (sic) birthdate I hope that we can all be kind to one another and look for signs of private problems," he wrote. "Some of us are too embarrassed or prideful to admit we have flaws. Please don't hide from them. There is no shame in having flaws. I have many. As do some of my best friends, mentors and idols. We should take pride in admitting our humanity. Perfection isn't the goal - honesty is.

"Please seek help if you are feeling helpless or lost. Ask friends and relatives if they are okay. This is truly important. Sometimes they won't tell you how they are feeling but nudge them to find out. Happy holidays and best wishes to all."

Following the designer's death, officials at the fashion and accessories brand chose to honour Spade's memory by donating $1 million (£768,000) to various charitable causes concerned with mental health issues.

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