Last year, Austin had its first Depressed Cake Shop to bring together people to talk about mental health.
Itís a trend that goes back a few years, and this week, the Depressed Cake Shop returns to Austin for a NAMI Austin event on Wednesday called Okay to Say: Women Speak Up for Mental Health.
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From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, women from across Central Texas will gather at Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, for an event featuring notable Austinites talking about their struggles with mental health. Speakers include Austin city council member Sheryl Cole, Kendall Antonelli, co-owner of Antonelliís Cheese Shop; Megan Alvarado, Founder of NAMI on Campus at UT Austin; and Vanessa Marty, a local business owner. There will be live music from Daphne Willis, heavy appetizers, dessert and a cash bar. A parking voucher is included with admission.
One of the highlights of the event will be a Depressed Cake Shop pop-up bakery featuring baked goods from Sugar Fashionista that promote self-care through the power of creativity. It might sound silly or shallow, but participants at events around the world have found that these Depressed Cake Shops create a space where itís OK to share whatís going on in your life, your own struggles and successes with mental health and, yes, have a cloud-shaped cookie that might bring a smile to your face.
Tickets cost $25 and are available here.