Masaba Gupta talks about depression and anxiety issues Image: Facebook
Masaba Gupta has condoled the death of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade, saying mental health issues should be addressed with absolute seriousness.
Spade, one of the biggest names in American fashion, was found dead in New York apartment in an apparent suicide, police said. She was 55.
Masaba said people need to "reach out" to their loved ones with "compassion and kindness" if they suspect a person may be suffering from depression or anxiety.
"One of the most successful entrepreneurs in fashion. My heart goes out to her family. Such a strange, damaged time we live in. I don't know what drives someone to do this but we must learn every time we hear of someone passing in this manner, we must think harder about that friend who said they're not ok or even check in on an acquaintance that looked out of it," Gupta wrote on Instagram.
"Maybe we need to look at people harder & look at ourselves harder — all with compassion & kindness. Drop your ego and reach out — even at the risk of seeming crazy or invasive. Reach out, but mean it," she added.
Gupta also said that depression and anxiety are "very real".
"I don't know what drove Kate spade & I don't want to speak out of turn but on another note please understand — Depression, anxiety etc are very real. They're here and they are in our face like never before. We are the most connected of generations... one call away but a million miles away, in our heads, somehow there has never been a greater disconnect between human beings and we must be very conscious & aware at this time," Gupta added on Instagram.
The death of Spade — known for her sleek and colourful handbags — was confirmed by her label on Twitter on Tuesday, June 5.
"Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world (sic)," Kate Spade New York said in a statement.
Her death was mourned by a number of celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Josh Groban, Mindy Kaling and Lena Dunham, who remembered her as a "visionary", who made women feel beautiful with her "colourful, quirky" designs.
(With inputs from PTI)