Depressed Cake Shop Portland will be popping back up on Friday, May 19th from 6-9 pm. It benefits Baby Blues Connection. Join us for this fun event!
The Depressed Cake Shop is a different kind of cake shop. It’s a one day, pop-up bakery to raise awareness of mental illness through the sale of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats donated by local bakers. The baked goods are gray on the outside and sometimes colored on the inside to symbolize hope. It aims to encourage conversation about mental health issues.
Kids are welcome! There will be coloring pages and temporary tattoos for kiddos too.
It’s easy to participate. Buy as much or as little as you like. Most folks get a take home box from us and load it up with goodies for later. But you can find a chair out back and enjoy sweets on-site too.
We’ll further the conversation about mental health issues with a social media campaign. We want to draw attention to our common struggles. We aren’t limiting the conversation to perinatal mood disorders. But, we encourage parents to share their story of postpartum depression or anxiety, if they feel compelled to do so.
Participate in the conversation at the pop-up, at home or anywhere really. On an 8 x 11″ sheet of paper, simply write out:
- why mental health conversations are important to you
- how postpartum depression or anxiety affected you or someone you know
- how mental illness has affected your life or the life of someone you know
- use the hash tag #batterthatmatters
- post the photo to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr and tag Baby Blues Connection
At the Depressed Cake Shop Portland pop-up, we’ll have simple signs to fill out and will even snap your photo (our camera or yours or both!)
With 1 in 5 people affected by some type of mental health issue, we all know someone who is struggling. Whether it’s a family member, friend, or co-worker, we’re all touched by it.
Baby Blues Connection focuses on providing free support for mothers and families coping with perinatal mood disorders- depression, anxiety, stress related to welcoming a child. It’s estimated 1 in 7 women will struggle with some form of mood disorder. Rates for men are 1 in 10 if depression or anxiety is present in the mother.
“At Baby Blues Connection, we’re always working to reduce stigma and create a dialogue where parents can express – in a supportive and non-judgmental environment- exactly how they are feeling without shame or blame,” says Angie Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Baby Blues Connection. “No one should suffer alone, be it from Postpartum Depression or any other mental health condition.”