By: Kathy Longo, CFP®, CAP®, CDFA
The recent and sudden passing of Kate Spade due to suicide has raised awareness about mental illness and the challenges women face in middle age. Based on my experience working with women of all ages, I know that the stress of life can lead to mental illness and long-term health problems if not addressed proactively. Although I’m not a mental health professional, I felt compelled to write an article about those challenges with an emphasis on ways in which we can help one another to find a greater peace, a space where we are heard and understood, and a place where we are empowered to take control of our financial and personal lives.
Since the year 2000, suicide is up nearly 30% in the United States. For women between 45 and 64, however, the suicide rate increased by 60% and suicide has now become one of the top ten leading causes of death among middle-aged women.[i] While there are many opinions about why we are seeing this alarming trend, one theory that resonated with me was the amount of pressure women have on them from their jobs and families as well as maintaining an image of having it “all together”.