David Spade donates thousands following his sister-in-law Kate Spade's death

David Spade.
David Spade. Photo credit: Reuters

David Spade has donated US$100,000 to an American mental health organisation following the death of his sister-in-law, fashion designer Kate Spade.

"More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realise, but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support," the Joe Dirt star said.

The chosen organisation is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an American grassroots organisation established in 1979.

Kate Spade, whose death earlier this month was ruled a suicide, had been battling depression and anxiety, as confirmed by her husband Andy.

"She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives. We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy," he told Canadian news outlet Global News.

Where to find help and support:

Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)