May is Mental Health Month, and the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has pulled together a list of local bakeries participating in Depressed Cake Shop, an effort to use sweet treats to destigmatize the conversation around mental health.
Depressed Cake Shops have been around since 2013, when bakers in the UK made grey treats with a pop of color to symbolize hope amid the struggle, but in the past few years, the themed desserts become popular in the U.S., thanks to the support of organizations like NAMI Central Texas.
In Austin this month, you can find Depressed Cake Shop treats for sale at Dream Bakery, Zucchini Kill, Cupprimo, Le Politique, Kellie's Baking Co., Fat Cats, Sugar Mama's Bakeshop, Capital City Bakery and Sugar Shaker Bakery.
At Skull & Cakebones, 3991 E. U.S. 290 in Dripping Springs, however, the entire shop is converting into a Depressed Cake Shop this month, and the owners, Sascha Biesi and Yauss Berenji, have organized workshops, speakers and other events to provide free support and resources to people affected by mental health issues ranging from postpartum depression and sexual trauma to depression and self care. They are also hosting free yoga and music therapy. You can find the full schedule at depressedcakeshop.com/blog/dcsandskullandcakebones.
Proceeds from the sale of the Depressed Cake Shop treats will benefit the local NAMI chapter, which works with more than 21,000 people in the Austin area.