Social Impact Mental Health | Kate Spade New York Australia

Social Impact Our mission is to empower women and girls around the world by putting mental health at the heart of our social impact work. Our goal is simple: we’re committing to provide 100,000 women
and girls with empowerment and mental health support by 2025.
Women's mental health has long been underfunded, undervalued and under-acknowledged in potential work. We believe in the intersectional role, a woman and girl's mental health plays in her life, and potential journey.
This year, we're investing over $2m in women's potential and mental health resources globally.
Kate Spade New York in conversation with Born This Way Foundation
On Thursday 28th July, we hosted an exclusive conversation with Kate Spade Social Impact Council member, Elisha London and Executive Director of Born This Way Foundation, Maya Enista Smith at our Sloane Square, London store. During the event Elisha and Maya discuss the mission behind the Kate Spade Social Impact Council, the founding of Born This Way Foundation and their work in the mental health space and the vital role it plays in the empowerment of women and girls

Watch the panel discussion now.
Our Work A Holistic Approach

Women and girls are change agents in their communities all over the world. When a woman’s
mental health is supported, she is able to make change for herself, her family and members of her community. For over a decade, we have been funding women’s mental health and empowerment work. We re-affirmed our commitment in 2018 when the founder of Kate Spade New York died by suicide, and today we continue to integrate mental health into our women and girls’ empowerment work globally


Mind & Body

Mental Health

We believe supporting mental health plays a vital role in the empowerment of women and girls.

Decision-making & Self-confidence Agency We help women and girls build their confidence, find their voice and pursue their goals.
Family & Support Network Community We build support systems that strengthen and encourage empowerment in her community.
Education & Employment Opportunity We help women and girls prepare for and attain jobs of the future.
decision-making & self-confidence agency We help women and girls build their confidence, find their voice and pursue their goals.
family & support network community We build support systems that strengthen and encourage empowerment in her community.
education & employment opportunity we help women and girls prepare for and attain jobs of the future.
Join The Conversation Meet Our Social Impact Council
We believe in the collective voices and power of women. We have partnered with an incredibly accomplished group of women leaders in the mental health and empowerment spaces. We will be working with these social impact leaders to champion the integration of mental health into the empowerment agenda of women and girls globally. These women are experts in the fields of mental health and women’s issues locally and around the world. Come learn more about them.


Taraji P. Henson (USA)

Actor, Filmmaker & Founder, Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor and filmmaker, Taraji P. Henson, rose to fame after her breakout performance in the film Hustle & Flow, and is known for her portrayals of iconic women such as Cookie Lyon in Empire, NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in hidden figures and Miss Hannigan in Annie Live! In fall 2018, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father with a mission to eradicate stigmas around mental health in the African-American community. Henson and her best friend and foundation partner, Tracie Jade, co-host the facebook watch series Peace of Mind with Taraji.


Catherine Tinsley (USA)

Faffini Family Professor Of Management, Georgetown University Catherine Tinsley, PhD, is an expert on gender intelligent leadership, gender parity and workforce development, negotiation and decision making. Tinsley’s research has been covered by CNN, NBC, FOX, ABC, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, the washington post, USA Today and Huffington Post, and she has presented at numerous conferences, including the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Latham Thomas (USA)

Founder, Mama Glow & Mama Glow Foundation Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul 100, Latham Thomas is the founder of Mama Glow, a global maternal health and education brand serving birthing people along the childbearing continuum. She’s also the co-founder of the Mama Glow Foundation, advancing reproductive justice and birth equity through education, advocacy and the arts.


Elisha London (UK)

Founder & CEO, Prospira Global Elisha London is an entrepreneur and leading global mental health advocate. she is the founder of United for Global Mental Health and was the Heads Together campaign director for the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She is now the CEO and founder of Prospira Global, a boutique mental health consultancy. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


Sofia Wylie (USA)

Actor, Producer & Mental Health Advocate Sofia Wylie is a Kid's Choice Award-nominated film and TV actor who got her start playing Buffy Driscoll in the Disney series Andie Mack. She can currently be seen in Disney+'s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and Netflix's The School for Good and Evil. At age 15, Wylie founded AIFOS Entertainment, a production company that spotlights female voices and stories. A vocal mental health advocate, Wylie is a supporter of Each Mind Matters, which aims to raise awareness, break stigmas and advance mental health.


Norette Turimuci (Rwanda)

Executive Director,ResonateExecutive director of Resonate, a leading women’s empowerment charity in East Africa, Norette Turimuci’s career has focused on empowering women and girls, like her daughter, and creating future women leaders.


Jazz Thornton (NZ)

Mental Health Advocate Jazz Thornton is a mental health advocate, international speaker, film director and author. Having overcome childhood abuse and multiple suicide attempts, Thornton has now dedicated her life to speaking hope and creating change in the area of mental health. Thornton co-founded Voices Of Hope and in 2021, she was awarded Young New Zealander of the year.


Mika Kumahira (Japan)

Founding Principal, Showa Women's University Career College & Founder And CEO, 21st Century Learning Institute Mika Kumahira is a fierce advocate for women's empowerment, helping corporations and workplaces across Japan promote diversity, equity, inclusion, innovation and co-creation through Showa Women's University Career College and 21st Century Learning Institute. In addition, as Chair of Kumahira Security Foundation, she supports citizenship education and promotes the Peaceable School Program, a conflict management training program for K-12 students. Kumahira flexes her advisory skills counseling a broad range of for-profit and non-profit clients in leadership development, change management and human and organization development.
Our Partners Together—for Women Everywhere
We work with impact-focused partners from across the world who have long track records of supporting and empowering women and girls—keeping our eyes focused on mental health at the heart of our approach.

crisis text line

crisis text line mental health matters. on world mental health day, kate spade new york is proud to continue to support Crisis Text Line through the tides foundation. at kate spade new york, our mission is to empower women and girls around the world by putting mental health at the heart of our social impact work.
Find Your Anchor The goal of the find your anchor movement is suicide prevention, awareness, and education. The physical form of find your anchor is a small blue box packed with various materials designed to inspire, soothe and offer support. we are partnering with find your anchor to bring their anchor boxes to women and girls in the U.S.
Born This Way Foundation The born this way foundation, supports the mental health of young people and works with them to create a kinder and braver world. The born this way foundation leverages innovative programming and partnerships to model, convene, and support healthy conversations about mental wellness in order to connect youth with evidence based resources and services that support their mental health. Through our national partnership we are working to provide self-care kits for women. Each September, we also join Born This Way Foundation’s kindness campaign, #BeKind21, which calls communities to make kindness a habit by committing to 21 days of kindness.
Black Girls Smile The Kate Spade New York Foundation has partnered with Black Girls Smile to provide in-person and virtual mental health literacy workshops in new york through the SHE's mentally prepared program. SHE’s mentally prepared aims to increase mental health literacy, decrease mental health stigmas and increase access to mental health resources. The program provides monthly 90 minute workshops facilitated by licensed mental health providers focusing on in-depth topics that specifically impact the mental health and wellbeing of black women and girls.
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“With Kate Spade’s participation in 2020, we were able to catalyze more than 112m unique acts of kindness, and 10 thousand units of product to women and girls in need.”
Need Mental Health Support?
If you are struggling with your own mental health and are in need of support or someone to talk to, please note we are not a mental health provider ourselves. Please reach out to your local mental health providers, or emergency services if you are in need of urgent assistance. Free and confidential support is also available through the following free phone and text support in the following countries:
Australia Call lifeline on 131114 or text 0477131114 available 24/7.
Or Beyond Blue
on 1300224636.
North America Text KSHELPS to 741741 to connect with Crisis Text Line in the U.S. or text KSHELPS to 686868 to connect with Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone in Canada.
United Kingdom Text SHOUT to 85258 for free, 24/7 crisis response support from shout.
Take Action Looking to learn more about mental health and wellbeing? We've partnered with the mental health coalition to create a resource to do just that. Because simply being more aware can unlock possibilities for any woman.
Interested in partnering with us? Please email